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Changes to policy direction and timing: 2018–21 RLTP/NLTPs


The Minister of Transport, Hon. Phil Twyford, has outlined the Government’s key transport policies and priorities and intends to amend the draft 2018-21 Government Policy Statement on Land Transport Funding (GPS) to reflect these.

The revised draft GPS will be made available to the sector to consider in early 2018, in order to provide certainty for finalising the 2018–21 Regional and National Land Transport Programmes (RLTPs and NLTP).

The following changes have been made to the 2018–21 RLTP and the NLTP development timelines:

Development stepCurrent timelineRevised timeline
RLTP submitted to the Transport Agency 30 April 2018 30 June 2018
National Land Transport Programme adopted 30 June 2018 31 August 2018

Continuous programmes

Specific activities relating to maintenance services, passenger transport services and road safety promotions (continuous programmes) are a significant component of Long Term Plans. We will continue to provide you with an indication of likely funding levels for these programmes as early as possible to provide certainty and continuity.

Continuous programmes will follow the current timetable and still need to be submitted on
16 December 2017, so that we can assess and prioritise these programmes against the Government’s policy direction.

Extension of 2015–18 NLTP period

The current 2015–18 NLTP period will be extended by two months to 31 August 2018 to ensure activities in the current NLTP can continue to be approved.

Amendments to GPS during 2018–21 NLTP cycle

The Minister also noted some of the Government’s priorities may require more fundamental changes to the scope of the GPS that cannot be immediately accommodated in this amendment. The Minister indicated it is likely the GPS will be amended again during the 2018-21 NLTP cycle. We will work closely with you to ensure a smooth process for responding to these later changes to the GPS.