The NZ Transport Agency has announced the details of an estimated $460 million programme of investment in Northland over the next three years to provide a reliable, resilient and safe transport system for the region.
Transport Agency Regional Director for Northland, Ernst Zöllner, says the funding will make a significant contribution to ensure the regions key roads remain a vital lifeline for local communities as well as protecting and growing the economic wellbeing of the entire region and the country.
“Key priorities include delivering improved travel times and reliability on the critical Whangarei to Auckland corridor as well as improved resilience and travel times for the Inland Freight Route from south of Whangarei to Kaikohe.”
“Improving alternative routes and bridges and more investment in preventative works that reduce the risk of slips and surface flooding will all improve the resilience of the region’s roads.”
“Another top priority is reducing deaths and serious injuries by improving and maintaining the segments of road that have the highest risks.”
The funding in Northland is part of a $13.9 billion investment in New Zealand’s transport system set out in the 2015-2018 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP).
The NLTP is a partnership between local authorities who invest funding on behalf of ratepayers and the NZ Transport Agency, which develops the programme funded from petrol taxes, road user charges and vehicle registration and licensing fees.
Mr Zöllner says the agency is aiming to make travel easier and more predictable for people, whether those trips are by car or motorcycle, on public transport, on foot, by bicycle or a combination of any of these modes.
Highlights of the 2015-18 NLTP for Northland include:
Transport Agency Chief Executive Geoff Dangerfield says the investments made through the NLTP aim to be regionally responsive and nationally consistent, and the Transport Agency will continue to work closely with councils to deliver the programme over the next three years.
“The NLTP is a true partnership with local government, and the 2015-18 programme incorporates two key developments that lay the foundations for better transport investment and decision making.”
“Funding Assistance Rates (FAR) for local government activities have been reviewed and updated to provide funding assistance rates which better reflect the needs of rural and provincial areas and to make the system fairer between different types of transport activities.”
“We’ve also worked with local government to establish the One Network Road Classification system, which establishes consistent, fit-for-purpose levels of service for all roads in every part of the country. This system enables consistent and fair investment decisions in partnership with local councils for the funding of road maintenance and renewals.”
To find out more information about the national and regional NLTP funding, documents and Q&As are available on the NZ Transport Agency website at www.nzta.govt.nz/nltp(external link)