The Transport Agency’s key strategic priority of moving more freight on fewer trucks is becoming a reality.
One of the New Zealand Transport Agency’s strategic priorities, “Moving More Freight on Fewer Trucks”, has received a major boost after it reached its target for the High Productivity Freight Network over the past year. As of this month, the Transport Agency has completed a total of 1632 kilometres of the network – exceeding its own target by 132 kilometres.
The High Productivity Freight Network allows for HPMV (Higher Productivity Motor Vehicles) traffic that is able to carry bigger and heavier loads than conventional trucks.
Freight Portfolio Director Harry Wilson says reaching the target is fantastic news for industry and local communities. “Reaching this major milestone means we can provide more HPMV access on some of our busiest freight routes.
“Opening these roads up and getting these high productivity trucks on the roads means we get more value out of the carrying capacity of the network, allowing industry to make better use of their trucks and providing economic benefits, as well as safety benefits, to local communities,” Harry says.
National Network Optimisation Manager Graham Taylor (pictured) says work is continuing and, when completed, this national network will give full HPMVs (up to 58 tonne) access to some 4,500 kilometres of roads that carry large numbers of trucks to and from our major ports and other areas of high freight activity.”
Graham says this is on top of around 5,000 kilometres of limited HPMV routes, which provide access for trucks weighing more than 44 tonnes, but less than full HPMV.