14 Feb 2009

Transport funding cut under draft plan

12:12 pm on 14 February 2009

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker is defending proposals for public transport that cut funding to some projects and delay others.

The council's draft long term council community plan includes a budget of $144 million for public transport - more than $100 million less than an earlier plan.

The plan suggests deferring the building of a $100 million new bus exchange for up to two years and cutting the budget for cycleways by $7 million.

Mr Parker says there was no way the previous plan could have been delivered without rate increases of up to 10%.

Under the draft plan, he says rate rises won't exceed 4%.