Encouraging economic growth and productivity is a major government priority for its land transport investment.
New Zealand’s rural sector and provincial towns and cities are crucial to the country’s economic and social wellbeing. Rural industries are often referred to as the backbone of New Zealand’s economy because they generate more than one-third of the national GDP.
A reliable network supports a thriving New Zealand, enabling the travel required for work, business, recreation and community well-being. Road maintenance keeps assets functioning and fit for purpose.
A resilient transport network helps the Transport Agency to be responsive to unforeseen events and provides customers with confidence that they will be able to undertake their journeys in a timely manner. Managing resilience involves targeting the risk of anticipated disruption on the network.
Providing people with a range of effective travel choices and information is both essential and complex. The Transport Agency aims to ensure that people have access to public transport options and supports peoples choices by providing a range of information on topics such as weather, road conditions, and travel times.
Road safety is a focus area of the 2015–18 National Land Transport Programme. It supports a sector-wide focus on creating a transport system increasingly free from death and serious injury.
New Zealand’s population and economic activity is increasingly located in urban areas. As the amount of activity in the urban areas increases, so does the demand for transport.
One of the national objectives for land transport, set out in the Government Policy Statement is 'a land transport system that mitigates the effects of land transport on the environment'.
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