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We’ve started preparing for the 2021–24 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) and want to share more about the development work happening across the Transport Agency.

We’re pleased to share Arataki: Our plan for the Land Transport System. This is our view of what is needed to deliver on the government’s current priorities and long-term objectives for the land transport system. It shares the evidence that has informed our view and helps everyone better understand the future impact our choices and decisions for investment will have on shaping the land transport system.

We’re also releasing the Draft Design Report from the Investment Decision-Making Framework (IDMF) review. We’re asking for your feedback on specific aspects of the changes we’re proposing, focusing on the assessment of investment proposals and the development of business cases – we’ll be consulting separately on prioritisation once the draft GPS is released next year.

You can read more about these pieces of work and get involved in conversations over the next few weeks.

Arataki: Our plan for the Land Transport System
Investment Decision-Making Framework review

The Ministry of Transport is currently developing the 2021 Government Policy Statement on Land Transport (GPS) and will release a draft document for consultation early 2020.

The 2021 GPS is intended to be finalised in July 2020 to allow for RLTPs and the 2021–24 NLTP to reflect the Government’s priorities.

You can read more about this on the Ministry of Transport’s website(external link).

Developing regional land transport plans

A Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) sets out a region’s land transport objectives, policies, and measures for at least 10 financial years, as required under section 16 of the Land Transport Management Act 2003. The direction set by an RLTP is an essential part of the strategic context for any land transport investment proposal.

Land Transport Management Act 2003(external link)

RLTPs are prepared by regional transport committees, or Auckland Transport in the case of Auckland, every six years. The Land Transport Management Act 2003 sets out in detail the requirements of an RLTP, including the requirement to complete a review of an RLTP during the six-month period before the end of the third year of the plan.

What does an RLTP contain?

RLTPs describe the region’s long-term vision and identify its short- to medium-term investment priorities to move towards this vision. It also includes a regional programme of transport activities proposed for funding over the next 3 to 6 years.

RLTPs are the primary vehicle for discussing and agreeing a clear set of regional outcomes, priorities and improvement projects in the land transport space. They describe the gap between where we are and where we need to get to, along with the programme of activities needed to bridge that gap. Therefore, RLTPs tell a powerful story about a region and its aspirations.

For Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, RLTPs as more than just a list of activities or projects that funding is being sought for – they tell the story what really matters to a region, how investment in different activities will achieve the community’s outcomes and where change is most needed.

An RLTP that applies the Business Case Approach (BCA) principles will inform and drive investment across all funding sources. It presents the compelling case for land transport investment for local, regional and national investors.

As you develop your RLTP, here are some things you may want to consider:

  • Any changes in your region’s population and/or economy that will have an impact on the transport system and how people use it. Similarly, changes promoted in the plan will affect your region’s population and economy. Consider how you can use the plan to facilitate positive outcomes now and in the future.
  • In the policy and context section you will have regional policy context and direction in addition to the national policy context and direction. Consider how the combination of national and regional policies will shape and impact the plan as you develop it, particularly problem statements, benefits, investment objectives, pressures, the current environment and responses.
  • The world is changing more quickly than ever before, so you cannot predict exactly what the future will look like. However, you can:
  • factor what risks and uncertainties could impact the transport system.
  • build your plan with a focus on providing certainty in the short- to medium-term (because the long term is less predictable).
  • There is always more than one way to solve a problem. Analyse a range of options and factors before you identify a preferred approach. Be clear and transparent about the reasons the preferred investment priorities/options were chosen and what the key trade-offs are.
  • Think ‘Big Picture’. How do the individual elements of your proposed plan affect each other? What is the flow-on effect on other parts of the network? How will this plan impact on the pressures, the current environment and land consumption?
  • As you prioritise the activities in your plan consider how the sequencing will influence your ability to alleviate problems and realise benefits.

RLTP guidance and templates

The Transport Special Interest Group (TSIG), with support from the Transport Agency, has developed best practice guidance for developing the RLTP 2021–2031. Use this guidance in conjunction with the RLTP templates.

Developing RLTPs guidance [PDF, 876 KB]
RLTP templates [DOCX, 532 KB]

For more information, please contact the Transport Agency or your TSIG representative.

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