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Achievements under the last National Land Transport Programme


As the Transport Agency announces the $13.9 billion investment to be made in the New Zealand transport network over the coming three years, we take a look back over some of the transport solutions and improvements in the Central region that been progressed over the last three years from the National Land Transport Programme (NLTP).

Transport planning

Obtaining consents for the first key projects forming part of the Wellington Northern Corridor was a major milestone for the region. These projects include Transmission Gully, Mackays to Peka Peka, and Peka Peka to Otaki.

We’ve also undertaken public consultation on proposals for Otaki to Levin, the Basin, Petone to Grenada and the Wellington/Hutt walking and cycling link, which has provided some valuable input and insights to help inform the next steps for these initiatives.

Once complete, the Wellington Northern Corridor will increase capacity, resilience, reliability and safety for commuters and freight users. It will also improve the connection between Wellington and Palmerston North – an important freight hub for the lower North Island. 

Network Outcome Contracts

The Transport Agency has transitioned to a new Network Outcome Contract with Capital Journeys for the maintenance and operations of the Wellington region transport network. This has resulted in some real efficiency gains, made possible by team-work and streamlining our processes.

After 21 months of running the Network Outcome Contract as an early conversion, the Manawatu-Whanganui region has now also completed a full tender process and the new supplier arrangement of Higgins/Beca is looking forward to building on the conversion knowledge and the experienced gained in Bay of Plenty East.

More information on the Transport Agency contracts can be found here(external link).

Public-Private Partnership

The Transmission Gully project to build a 27 km four-lane motorway from MacKays to Linden is to be delivered as New Zealand’s first Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for a state highway. The contract was signed with Wellington Gateway Partnership and initial enabling work has begun.

The PPP contract requires that the project is designed, constructed, operated and maintained to achieve a high standard of performance in the areas of safety, journey times, reliability, and customer satisfaction. This project will save lives, shorten journeys, make Wellington’s economy more competitive, and help keep us connected in a natural disaster. It will also remove heavy quantities of highway traffic from communities like Mana, Plimmerton and Pukerua Bay.

Safety campaigns and initiatives

Investment in safety over the last NLTP period included upgrading the link) website, aimed at helping vehicle buyers choose safer, cleaner and more economical cars. It contains data on safety, fuel economy and vehicle emissions to help make that choice.

Ongoing investment was also made in road safety advertising campaigns, including specific funding for the “Check your car” campaign and materials which supported changes to the Warrant of Fitness system.

Wellington Transport Operations Centre

The Wellington Transport Operations Centre (WTOC) moved into new premises and expanded its service to cover the South Island. We’re working more closely with our transport partner organisations, including Wellington City Council, to provide transport options and real-time information so that people can make informed travel decisions.

WTOC is critical to meeting the travelling public’s expectations of having an integrated network that makes journeys better, safer and more reliable.

Other highlights

We made a number of key changes over the past three years to improve our investment system, including:

  • progress made to implement the Roading Efficiency Group initiatives to obtain better value for money in road maintenance, including development of the One Network Road Classification framework
  • developing and implementing a system for delivery of additional Government funding for accelerating regional road projects, and urban cycleway projects
  • a major review of the Transport Agency’s Funding Assistance Rate policy, which provides a more robust base for setting of rates from 2015/16
  • implementation of the Public Transport Operating Model – a combination of planning, funding and procurement tools all aimed at improving efficiency and effectiveness of public transport.

There was also extensive project work in the Central region during the 2012–15 NLTP, some of which included:

  • continued delivery of the Roads of National Significance (RoNS) with substantial progress made on Wellington Northern Corridor
  • Hawke's Bay walking and cycling projects, mostly linked to the Hastings Model Communities initiative. These are aimed at providing travel choice and safety, as well as health benefits
  • Wellington City Council’s Tawa walkway alongside Porirua Stream – to provide travel choice in a congested network and improve travel time reliability
  • State Highway 3 Vickers Road to City upgrade project in Taranaki. This aims to improve journey time reliability and safety on the northern entrance to New Plymouth
  • State Highway 2 Papatawa and Coby Road realignments in Manawatu-Whanganui, and State Highway 1 Dashwood realignment south of Blenheim – all delivering both travel time and safety benefits
  • Wellington City Council’s Johnsonville Triangle Roading Improvements to relieve congestion and improve journey time reliability. This integrates with land use for the northern growth area and with the State Highway 1 Wellington Motorway
  • Construction of the Wainui Cycleway on State Highway 35 in Gisborne. This provides journey time reliability for cyclists and links to the Gisborne Cycling Strategy
  • Purchase of Matangi electric trains to replace the older Ganz-Maveg units in Wellington.

Looking ahead

For an outline of regional summaries of expected investments in the Central region over the coming three years, visit the Transport Agency’s new website: