The 2021–24 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) will help deliver the first three years of the 10-year Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) package, which was agreed by Cabinet and Auckland Council in March 2021. The ATAP package is a $31.4 billion, 10-year investment package for Auckland funded from:
This NLTP will deliver the first three years of the ATAP programme as detailed in Auckland’s RLTP, following extensive engagement with the public. The RLTP was approved by Auckland Council, and Auckland Transport and incorporates KiwiRail’s Rail Network Investment Programme (RNIP). The NLTP will enable significant progress towards meeting ATAP objectives.
Investment of $4.2 billion through the 2021–24 NLTP will enable appropriate levels of maintenance, operation and renewal of the existing network, continuing critical safety and minor improvements programmes, supporting City Rail Link with wider rail network improvements and progress significant projects, such as:
Investment through the NLTP will be supported by the Government and Auckland Council’s funding of City Rail Link and the $1.2 billion the Government will make through the NZ Upgrade Programme (NZUP). Over the next three years, NZUP will progress the SH1 Papakura to Drury improvements, the development of Penlink, rail upgrades between Wiri and Quay Park, and rail electrification between Papakura and Pukekohe.
The 2021–24 NLTP also supports planning the next generation of major investments in Auckland that are in the ATAP package. This work includes planning and designing light rail and other rapid transit corridors, major bus and cycle lane programmes, and significant investment to support growth in both new and existing urban areas. These projects focus on improving access, increasing travel choice, reducing emissions, improving safety and supporting ongoing growth. If additional funding or financing becomes available, it may be possible to bring forward delivery of these future investments.