Happy New Year and welcome to 2018. We’re looking forward to working alongside local government to play our role in enabling you to achieve the outcomes you want for your communities and economies.
The next few months will be busy as we all review the draft Government Policy Statement on land transport (GPS), finalise regional land transport plans and the National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) for the next three years.
Thanks to those who submitted their final bids for continuous programmes by 16 December. We have begun the review and moderation process, which will continue during January and February.
In our last NLTP update, we summarised the changes to the timeline for the GPS and 2018-21 NLTP. The Ministry expects to release the engagement draft of the GPS early this year. We’ll provide guidance on potential impacts of the new draft GPS as soon as possible.
The current NLTP 2015–18 will be extended from 30 June 2018 to 31 August 2018 so that activities can continue to be approved. Planning is underway to ensure a seamless transition of Transport Agency processes during the extra two months leading up to when the NLTP 2018- 21 is adopted.