The development of a regional freight strategy was identified as a priority in the Canterbury Regional Land Transport Strategy (RLTS) 2002-2007. During 2002-2003 a series of consultations with freight stakeholders resulted in the creation of the Canterbury Freight Action Plan, which is an integral part of the RLTS.
As part of the restructuring process for the Regional Transport Committee (RTC), following changes made to government legislation in 2008, the new RTC has taken the opportunity to review the role and make-up of the working groups that report to it on specific issues.
The former Canterbury Freight Working Group (FWG) has been given an extended remit – to encompass network efficiency issues, as well as multi-modal freight matters.
Membership of the group comprises the economic development representative of the RTC (to be the chair), with other members representing the road, rail and sea freight sectors, general road users, the New Zealand Transport Agency and the Ministry of Transport. In addition to the core group, any other persons as required and invited may participate.
Freight Action Plan (pdf 800 kB)
Canterbury Regional Transport Strategy (pdf 1.21 MB)
The Freight Action Plan was developed to recognise the importance of freight transport to the economic health of the region. It identifies the region's freight issues, sets out a series of actions to address these issues and establishes a working group to implement the plan. The action plan is a component of the Canterbury Regional Land Transport Strategy.
The plan sets out a series of action under the following set of objectives:
Design Guide (pdf 411 kB) – An on-site design guide for handling freight. This document is intended to act as a best practice check-list for industry professionals (planners, engineers and architects) when they are considering new developments / redevelopments of sites that require freight handling facilities. It contains analysis of key considerations and provides guidance and pointers to other source documents that can be accessed to provide more comprehensive coverage of specific design issues.
From time to time, the Freight & Network Efficiency Working Group prepares submissions on proposed policy initiatives and specific projects. These submissions are generally concerned with the need to consider the requirements and imperatives of the freight transport industry, as outlined in the groups’ remit from the RLTC.
The Freight & Network Efficiency Working Group commissions research projects that advance understanding of operator best practice, improvements in freight industry operations and identify regional freight transport investment initiatives.
Best Practice in Freight Transport Operations (pdf 715 kB)
In 2009, the Regional Land Transport team commissioned a piece of research to gain a better understanding of the Canterbury specific issues that the National Freight Demands Study (2008) raised. The full report from this research, together with its Executive Summary can be found on the following links:
Rail and Coastal Shipping Potential in Canterbury - Final Report - June 2009 (pdf 2.30 MB)
Rail and Coastal Shipping Potential in Canterbury - Executive Summary - June 2009 (pdf 1.08 MB)
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