Regional strategy formation
Transportation is a key element in the national mix of utilities
and infrastructure that enable regional economic development.
From a regional perspective, it's imperative that rail
services are aligned to the region's present needs and
plans for growth.
In New Zealand Tranz Rail passes through 10 Regional Councils
and two Unitary Councils. For the company, it is important
relationships with each of these councils are strong. Each
of these councils has formed a Regional Land Transport Committee,
and most have invited Tranz Rail to be a member. Francis Small
has been Tranz Rail's representative on these committees.
Key issues considered over the last few years include:
- Developing a Regional Land Transport Strategy.
- From this, evolving a Regional Freight Strategy.
- Reviewing the 10 year National Roading Plan.
- Preparing "Alternatives to Roading" project
Francis Small and Murray King have considerable experience
in both representing company interests within regional government,
and contributing to the development of sound regional transport
strategies. Their long-term relationships with councillors
and officials have enabled Tranz Rail to positively influence
the proceedings of these committees and councils.
- A positive contribution to the development of regional