5. Transport

This section is divided into four parts:

5.1  Traffic

5.2  Walkways

5.3  Cycleways

5.4  Public Transport

 

Below is the Infrastructure information for Patumahoe from the Franklin District Council – Growth Strategy 2051 (2007):

Franklin District Growth Strategy 2051 (2007)

 

“7.9.4 Infrastructure Requirements

 

Circulation

 

Patumahoe Road, Kingseat Road, Woodhouse Road and Mauku Road will have the capacity to absorb any traffic flow increases which will arise from increased population without significantly affecting the efficiency of the local road network.  Future development at Patumahoe will be concentrated rather than dispersed which will maintain a focal point for the village.  The most appropriate place is the intersection of the four roads where traffic management and urban design measures could be used to create an attractive focal point.  These measures will need to be planned at an early stage so that traffic management measures can be incorporated with other design principles at the outset.

 

Traffic management measures should include parking provisions and safety measures such as pedestrian facilities and speed control.  Within the village centre, traffic management can also be used to promote a sense of place and retain pedestrian connectivity.  Typically within the more compact form of villages, circulation should be aimed primarily at the pedestrians needs.

 

Due to its small size, Patumahoe is unlikely to be able to sustain an economically viable bus station and/or rail service.  As the population grows, monitoring should be undertaken to check whether demand is sufficient for some modest form of public transport such as ‘dial-a-bus’ which might at some future date evolve into a route linking the harbourside communities of Clarks Beach, Waiau Beach, Waiau Pa and Kingseat to Pukekohe.  It is highly unlikely that an economically viable service could be established at an early stage.  New residential development should incorporate existing roadways and environmental corridors to define an integrated and connected network.”

 

Note:  Once again, the population figures that are used to provide this recommendation are flawed.  Also, no mention is made of the planned Kingseat development of 5,000 residents and how that will impact on traffic volume, and sustainability for public transport.  Changes in fuel costs and local and national government policies will also define whether public transport becomes sustainable in the future more than inaccurate population figures.