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TIME FOR ACTION AS GOVERNMENT ENDS UNCERTAINTY AROUND TRANSPORT PLANNING
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New Zealand’s transport infrastructure is set for a $16.9 billion investment over the next three years, according to plans released by Transport Minister Phil Twyford this afternoon.

The National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) 2018-21 sets out how the NZ Transport Agency will use funding out to 2021. It will shape the future development of NZ’s transport system. 

The Government Policy Statement on land transport (GPS) for 2018/19 – 2027/28 refocused land transport funding towards public transport, walking and cycling, local roads and regional improvements. That focus continues in the NLTP. 

Councils have been considering how transport improvements in their regions align with the strategic direction of the GPS since the statement was released in June. Successful projects include those that increase safety, add resilience, enhance public transport, and provide opportunities for walking and cycling. Simply providing efficiency is not enough.

What’s in?

  • Light rail in Auckland. 
  • Manawatu Gorge Replacement Project.
  • Safety upgrades in the Dome Valley.
  • The Skypath and Seapath walk/cycleways.
  • SH3 Mt Messenger Bypass.
  • Strengthening bridges in the regions.
  • Let’s Get Wellington Moving improvements.
  • Cycleway improvements everywhere. 

What’s not?

  • Upgrades to SH1 north of Otaki (under evaluation). 
  • Four-laning SH1 through the Brynderwyn Hills north of Wellsford. 
  • Tauranga Northern Link Project. 

The NLTP brings to an end the uncertainty that has hampered transport planning in New Zealand ever since the election. New Zealand now has a complete set of land transport policy and funding documents. We now know what the Government’s priorities are, and how the land transport fund will be applied to achieve those priorities. 

Now it’s time for action. Communities and business will want to see progress on the ground, so we can all start to benefit from this investment.

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