A Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) sets out a region’s land transport objectives, policies, and measures for at least 10 financial years. The direction set by an RLTP is an essential part of the strategic context for any land transport investment proposal.
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.
RLTPs describe the region’s long-term vision and identify its short- to medium-term investment priorities to move towards this vision. They also include a regional programme of transport activities proposed for funding over the next three to six 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, RLTPs are more than just a list of activities or projects that funding is being sought for – they tell the story of 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 a 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:
The world is changing more quickly than ever before, so you cannot predict exactly what the future will look like. However, you can:
The Transport Special Interest Group (TSIG), with support from Waka Kotahi, is currently reviewing and updating guidance for developing the RLTP 2021–2031. We will provide updated guidance soon.
For more information, please contact Waka Kotahi or your TSIG representative.