This page relates to the 2021-24 National Land Transport Programme.
This page describes the local road and state highway maintenance activity classes and provides links to road maintenance programme requirements, work category definitions and guidance, and profiling and prioritisation of road maintenance programmes.
There are two activity classes:
The definitions for the activity classes are:
We (Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency as investor) expect that investments from the local road and state highways maintenance activity classes will contribute to results sought by the government.
Government expectations by activity class (web page coming soon)
For us to consider a road maintenance activity for inclusion in the 2021–24 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP), this activity must:
Once an activity is included in the NLTP to be considered for funding, the approved organisation and Waka Kotahi (for its own activities) must comply with the Waka Kotahi Procurement manual and procurement rules, as well as any relevant standards and guidelines as listed in the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency register of network standards and guidelines.
The local road and state highway maintenance activity classes contain the following work categories under each of the GPS expenditure reporting lines:
Note that renewals activities (work categories beginning with 2) should consider the need for a road safety audit.
Road maintenance programmes are continuous programmes of relatively low-cost, low-risk activities required to maintain appropriate levels of service on the roading, footpath and cycling network. As continuous programmes they have no start or end date. However, the detail required to establish the appropriate investment levels is developed on a three-year cycle that aligns with the NLTP cycle. Approval of funding assistance from the National Land Transport Fund (NLTF) normally covers the three-year period of each NLTP and is made when the NLTP is adopted by the Waka Kotahi Board.
Emergency works are an exception in that expenditure is considered for NLTF approval during the course of the NLTP in response to each event. Funding is approved individually on a project basis, with start and end dates for the immediate response and permanent reinstatement of levels of service as a result of the impact of natural events, eg severe storm events.
We expect approved organisations and Waka Kotahi (for its own activities) to follow our investment principles in developing and delivering their road maintenance programmes.
We expect approved organisations and Waka Kotahi (for its own activities) to link their proposals to long-term planning documents, in particular:
These documents should describe the information and assumptions underlying the network management.
The information approved organisations and Waka Kotahi (for its own activities) provide in Transport Investment Online to support maintenance programmes should make reference to the relevant parts of long-term planning documents.
Approved organisations and Waka Kotahi (for its own activities) will develop forward work programmes and budgets for the road maintenance programme to support greater consistency in the delivery of customer levels of service as set out in the One Network Road Classification (ONRC) framework.
The road maintenance programme should demonstrate:
The base programme represents our assessment of eligible works within an approved organisation’s and Waka Kotahi (for its own activities) programme of maintenance work required to achieve or maintain the existing level of service.
An enhanced programme is where we provide funding above the base amount. Any funding above the base programme will be fully contestable. Enhanced programmes provide a step change in the level of maintenance effort that is used to lift the current level of service. Approved organisations and Waka Kotahi (for its own activities) seeking additional investment in maintenance will need to evidence the investment through the business case approach for it to be tested against other investments to ensure it demonstrates value for money.
Enhanced funding may be considered for a programme that requires a significant change in investment, greater than that established in the base programme, to address the customer levels of service opportunities sought under our Investment Priority Method criteria.
We may agree to enhanced funding for a programme if:
The ONRC has been adopted by the transport sector to ensure national consistency around the levels of service delivered by the road network. The Road Efficiency Group (REG) including Waka Kotahi has developed a suite of performance measures to support the next phase of implementing the ONRC in the 2021–24 NLTP.
All approved organisations and Waka Kotahi (for its own activities) are required to provide evidence of the customer levels of service they propose to deliver and how these relate to the ONRC measures.
The new One Network Framework (ONF) will be ready for national implementation for the 2024–27 RLTP cycle. Approved organisations and Waka Kotahi (for its own activities) need to demonstrate how long-term planning documents respond to the direction set out by REG to move to the ONF during 2021–24.
Maintenance programme submissions from approved organisations and Waka Kotahi (for its own activities) may be supported by and take account of a wider set of performance measures than those currently mandated in support of the ONRC. For example, an approved organisation may wish to support their submission with their long-term planning measures in addition to the ONRC measures.
For the allocation of maintenance programme funding in the 2021–24 NLTP, we have focused primarily on the assessment of transport network performance as measured against ONRC requirements.
We expect development of the suite of ONF performance measures will continue during 2021–24, including a set of specific performance targets, ready for national implementation in the 2024–27 NLTP.
Details of road operations, maintenance, renewal and improvements activities must be held by the organisation responsible for the programme.
Consideration should be given to:
Differences in levels of service will have an impact on funding assistance.
For further guidance, refer to requirements of a road maintenance programme.
We recommend early engagement with our investment advisors as they are available for support and guidance throughout the business case process. See also Business Case Approach guidance on our website.
Early engagement and assessment will:
Road maintenance programmes are profiled and prioritised under the Waka Kotahi Investment Prioritisation Method (IPM).
The IPM for the 2021–24 NLTP includes the following:
We expect to provide some level of funding to all continuous programmes. On this basis, we assign continuous programmes a rating of HHM, priority order 4, as the ʽstarting point’ for investment prioritisation, reflecting the importance of such programmes to maintaining ongoing levels of service. We then assess the investment proposals to determine:
The assessment of investment proposals and the resulting priority order will assist us in determining the merits of investing to different levels in the various continuous programmes submitted.
All continuous programmes are developed through the application of continuous improvement practices, and ideally involve regular engagement with and feedback from us on the merits of the supporting AMP or RPTP. We expect these programmes to achieve at least a medium GPS alignment rating. Programmes that do not achieve a medium rating will be the subject of additional scrutiny as part of the NLTP decision making and we may have to apply additional conditions of funding to the approved programme investment. Any other risks or issues may also be addressed through conditions attached to the funding decision.
Typically, we will approve funding for a road maintenance programme for all three years in an NLTP, as part of the NLTP adoption. However, we may decide to impose terms and conditions on funding for all or part of the approved programme, due to:
The terms and conditions may apply across all three years of an NLTP or to particular years, eg we may approve funding the first year of a road maintenance programme in the newly adopted NLTP but set conditions that have to be met before funding is released in the subsequent year.