3/09/2018 2:50:00 p.m.
3 September 2018
Good news for Whanganui cyclists and pedestrians as $2.6 million in funding comes our way
The New Zealand Transport Agency has confirmed a further $2.6 million worth of funding towards roading infrastructure and active transport in Whanganui.
Whanganui District Council’s General Manager, Infrastructure, Mark Hughes, has confirmed the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) will fund 61% of the Council’s footpath maintenance and renewals programme for the next three years as part of the road transport network.
Mr Hughes says that funding will be worth $1.5 million over the next three financial years.
He says, “This is unprecedented as in the past the Council has funded the entire budget for maintenance and renewal of our footpaths. One proviso of this funding, however, is that we ensure what we save is not re-directed elsewhere, but is invested in more road maintenance, renewals & improvements.”
In addition $1.145 million has been approved in full for cycling education in 2018-2021.
Mr Hughes says, “This funding will cover all costs for a full time Active Transport Facilitator and for the Let’s Go skills training programme and resources.”
In addition ACC has agreed to contribute $44,250 (for grades 1, 2, 3 and adults skills training) and $26,000 for a New Zealand trial for the Arthritis Foundation in Whanganui.
Last week Whanganui District Council announced NZTA funding of $38.8 million had been confirmed for roading maintenance and projects.