COVID lessons show NZ’s transport sector could have more balance and fewer cars

COVID lessons show NZ’s transport sector could have more balance and fewer cars

After the pandemic has passed, what experience did we have that can shape and influence New Zealand’s view of future transport systems?

Tonkin + Taylor’s active mode specialist and transport discipline manager, Ryan Dunn believes the reduction in car travel during lockdown, opened our eyes to a future where increased opportunities for walking and cycling could change the way we chose to move around”.

Change is often seen as uncomfortable, a bad thing but that’s not Ryan’s view.

“These changes are positive and will bring more balance to our transport systems - cars should not be the only answer anymore”.

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How do we go forward with a focus on walking and cycling in the future? Ryan Dunn says it should start and end with good planning...

At the heart of every project is the client and the communities the project will help. A relationship between client and consultant that is built on trust and quality outcomes can help with the procurement and delivery of future projects. In the current economic environment, we need to be accelerating the procurement process while continuing to ensure that quality outcomes are delivered. Procurement can be accelerated through grouping programmes of work together and using proven delivery models, such as engaging panels of pre-qualified consultants and contractors. These teams will have the necessary skills and a track record of delivering, building momentum, and ensuring continuous improvement in technical excellence and best practice.

This procurement model can deliver a large volume of high-quality work quickly in a collaborative and innovative environment, while developing the relationship between client, consultants and communities. The client knows the teams, and there is cost certainty. We can also help clients maximise funding assistance from the increased rates available through the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, enabling Councils to free up more cash to deliver more projects.

Ryan Dunn believes one of the key components to a successful project, and one that should never be underestimated or under-delivered is communication.

Email Ryan Dunn or call him directly on +64 4 806 4908.

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