27 Jan 2009

Greens challenge transport funding decision

9:34 pm on 27 January 2009

The co-leader of the Green Party says a Canterbury transport committee has failed to make sustainable transport a priority.

The Canterbury Regional Transport Committee has switched some of its funding away from local public transport and walking and cycling projects.

It has allocated the secure funds to the improvement of roads and state highways, leaving the more sustainable options to compete for funds in a national pool.

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman says local councils should make walking, cycling and public transport initiatives a priority.

He says allocating the most secure funding source to them would mean a reliable, sustainable future.

But the committee's chair, Jo Kane, says it is most likely the contestable national pool will provide sufficient funding, so there's no threat to walking, cycling and public transport in Canterbury.