On 15 February, the Minister wrote to the sector providing more information on the Government’s investment priorities and an update on the development of the draft Government Policy Statement on land transport (GPS) 2018.
The Minister indicated in his letter that the draft GPS is expected to be released in March. As you consider the draft GPS, we will support you by providing an updated Investment Assessment Framework (IAF) and an updated State Highway Investment Proposal (SHIP) soon after the draft GPS is released. Your local Transport Agency team will also continue to provide the necessary support to help you finalise your Regional Land Transport Plans (RLTPs) before submitting them to us on 30 June.
This month our assessors have been moderating your final bids for continuous programmes funding. Moderation is important as it ensures there is a consistent approach to assessment and prioritisation of all bids across the country. The final moderation session for continuous programmes will take place in early March. Your local assessor will have let you know that an assessment summary of your proposal will be available in Transport Investment Online (TIO) by the end of March/early April.
Indicative allocations of funding for continuous programmes will be considered in late April. An assessor will contact you regarding your funding outcomes.
You’ve asked for more information about continuous programmes moderation so we have prepared some frequently asked questions to help explain the process.
The final bids may need to be reviewed if there are significant changes proposed to the GPS or in your RLTPs. We will contact you if this happens to let you know what this may mean for your bids and to ensure a smooth process for any late changes.
We look forward to continuing to work closely with you during the coming months to finalise your RLTPs and long term plans and develop the NLTP to deliver a safer, better connected and easy to use transport system. You can view the timeline of activity and key milestones that lead to the NLTP’s adoption on 31 August 2018.