This page relates to the 2018-21 National Land Transport Programme.
Regional land transport plans (RLTPs) are six year plans that document the regions' land transport objectives, policies, and measures as well as providing a statement of transport priorities for the region. The plans incorporate programmes of regional land transport activities, including those activities proposed for inclusion in the National Land Transport Programme. They are reviewed after three years.
This is general information about developing programmes for the NLTP. You can find specific information about development of the forthcoming NLTP at Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s planning and investment news page. This includes information on timelines and key dates.
Legislative requirements for RLTPs are set out in sections 12 to 18 (external link)of the Land Transport Management Act (LTMA).
Under the Land Transport Management Act(external link), Waka Kotahi sets the form in which RLTPs are to be submitted for consideration for the NLTP. This, in turn, prescribes the form in which approved organisations and Waka Kotahi(state highways) need to submit their proposals for inclusion in an RLTP. Waka Kotahi sets these requirements and provides the tool to submit transport programmes through Transport Investment Online(external link).Close
The criteria that apply to activities proposed for inclusion in an RLTP and the NLTP are less stringent than those that apply to activities for which funding approval is sought. This means that activities may be proposed for inclusion in an RLTP or the NLTP at an early stage of their development, when limited information is available. Activities proposed for funding approval need to be developed sufficiently to enable the approval under s.20 of the Land Transport Management Act(external link).Close
Section 16 6(b)(external link) of the Land Transport Management Act requires RLTPs to include an assessment of relationship of police activities to the RLTP.
Achieving road safety outcomes is a priority and focus for the police, who make a significant contribution to the land transport system across the four elements of the safe system – speeds, road use, vehicles and roads and roadsides. For the safe system to be successful, partners, including approved organisations, Waka Kotahi and the police, should work together to understand all of the risk factors.Close
It is essential to involve the police in land transport planning and investment decision making. Inviting police to take part in the early phases of the business case approach is a practical way to influence and improve investment decisions and the delivery of responses integrated at regional and local government levels.
Some of the ways approved organisations and RTCs can invite the police involvement are through:
In assessing the relationship of police activities to the RLTP, RTCs should work with the police to identify the two most significant issues of risk in the regions.
It is expected these key priorities will be:
You can visit the Waka Kotahs Road Policing Programme(external link) page to find out more.Close
For the development of each NLTP, Waka Kotahi prepares guidance material additional to the guidance in this Knowledge Base to clarify Waka Kotahi expectations of programme and RLTP development and review and to provide specific detail relevant to the development of the next NLTP.
The additional guidance for the 2018-21 NLTP can be found on the National Land Transport Programme page. This resource will be updated as new guidance is drafted as the NLTP is developed.
The development of RLTPs follows the general process set out below. This process was developed under the Waka Kotahi pre-July 2017 structure and will be updated in due course.
The process steps are as follows:
Waka Kotahi is required under the LTMA to set the date by which final RLTPs must be submitted to it and the date by which RLTPs must be published.
The timelines are:
All other timelines and deadlines for RLTP development are set by the RTC/Auckland Transport. These should be set in consultation with relevant approved organisations and Waka Kotahi, recognising the time required for these organisations to develop their programmes of activities.Close
Unlike development of RLTPs, there is relatively little information around the requirements for the review of RLTPs in the LTMA, see s.18CA(external link). However, Waka Kotahi recommends that a similar process to RLTP development be followed, as set out below. This is based on the need to consider incorporating updated approved organisation and Waka Kotahi (state highway) programmes into the RLTP for subsequent consideration for inclusion in the NLTP.
The review of RLTPs follows the general process set out below. This process was developed under Waka Kotahi's pre-July 2017 structure and will be updated in due course.
Updates of approved organisation and Waka Kotahi (state highway) programmes of activities that need to be considered for RLTP inclusion are:
RTCs have considerably more flexibility in the RLTP review process in deciding whether reviewed RLTPs require consultation or need to be approved by regional councils, as there are fewer legislative requirements set out in the LTMA for RLTP reviews than there are for RLTP development. Such decisions are covered to a large extent by the s.18D of the LTMA (external link)covering RLTP variation and need to take the RTC's significance policy into consideration.
The Transport Agency has developed guidance around the Business Case Approach for mid-term RLTP reviews which can be found on the Transport Agency's website.Close
The process steps are as follows:
While there are fewer requirements under the LTMA for the reviewed RLTPs to be consulted publically, approved by regional councils or published, the requirements of s.18D around RLTP variation (external link)apply to RLTP reviews. The decisions to consult, seek regional council approval and to publish reviewed RLTPs need to be made by RTCs and Auckland Transport, having regard for their significance policies and the views of representative groups of land transport users and providers(external link), to timelines set by the RTCs and Auckland Transport.Close
The timelines are:
All other timelines and deadlines for RLTP review are set by the RTC/Auckland Transport. These should be set in consultation with relevant approved organisations and Waka Kotahi, recognising the time required for these organisations to develop their programmes of activities.Close