Developing regional transport hubs
A recent evolution in land transport strategy in New Zealand
has been the development of regional transport hubs. These
multi-modal hubs, at strategic locations in the freight network,
are major receivers and distributors of freight and provide
important linkages to the main import and export ports. There
is also potential for a scaled-down hub to serve rural communities.
Francis Small and Murray King have recently reviewed the
role, location and operation of such hubs.
These studies have included:
- Evaluating the demand for such services.
- Determining the desirable location for such a hub and
its relation to main ports.
- Assessing inter-modal relationships.
- Identifying the range of products that would use such
- Describing how such a hub would operate and who would
- Defining the role of local authorities in supporting
the establishment of such hubs.
Francis Small: "We have found that there is an increasing
demand for such hubs at key locations in the transport network
around the country".
- Development of the concept of 'hubbing' as part of New
Zealand's overall transport network.