A number of state highway projects are being re-evaluated to ensure they align with the new priorities and strategic direction set out in the Government Policy Statement (GPS) on land transport.
The 2018 Government Policy Statement on land transport (GPS) provides guidance to the NZ Transport Agency on what land transport activities and projects will be delivered. The four strategic priorities are:
- Safety – a safe system, free of death and serious injury
- Access – a system that provides increased access to economic and social opportunities, enables transport choice and access, and is resilient.
- Environment – a system that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, as well as adverse effects on the local environment and public health.
- Value for money – a system that delivers the right infrastructure and services to the right level at the best cost.
The role of the Transport Agency is to give effect to the GPS.
Twelve state highway improvement proposals have been identified as being in need of re-evaluation to ensure they give effect to the GPS and achieve value for money.
This work will take up to six months to complete as we establish what the right way forward is for these corridors. Once this work has been completed, work on these projects may proceed as originally planned, be staged differently or explore lower cost options.
Government Policy Statement on land transport (GPS) (external link)
Investment Assessment Framework (IAF)
2018–21 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP)
Principles for re-evaluation
Each project is being re-evaluated against a number of key principles:
- Contribution to GPS objectives – safety, access, environment and value for money
- Value for Money – including ability to deliver scalable (phased) solutions
- Deliverability – including stakeholder acceptability
- Affordability and funding options
- Mode neutral approach to solution development
- Integration with spatial planning
- Innovative demand management – including use of new technology.
As a result of initial work, some projects have been grouped due to geography. This has resulted in the following 12 investment proposals for re-evaluation:
SH29 Piarere to Tauriko
SH2 Katikati urban
Information will be updated on each project’s webpage as it becomes available. We recommend clicking on the project pages above and subscribing for updates. This will ensure you receive the relevant project updates direct to your email inbox.
There will be opportunities for people to provide feedback into the re-evaluation process as each project identifies a short list of options. These opportunities will be promoted via the website, email database, through media announcements and regional advertising.