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The National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) is developed every three years and is a key means by which the Transport Agency gives effect to the latest Government Policy Statement on Land Transport (GPS), which is also developed/reviewed on a three year cycle. The NLTP provides contextual information on national and regional issues, priorities and proposed activities. It prioritises the activities proposed for investment from the National Land Transport Fund over a three year period.

This is general information about developing programmes for the NLTP. You can find specific information about development of the forthcoming NLTP at the Transport Agency’s planning and investment news page. This includes information on timelines and key dates.

Legislative requirements

Legislative requirements for developing the NLTP are set out in section 19 (external link)of the Land Transport Management Act (LTMA).

Additional guidance material

For the development of each NLTP, the Transport Agency prepares guidance material additional to the guidance in this Knowledge Base to clarify Transport Agency 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 pageThis resource will be updated as new guidance is drafted as the NLTP is developed. 

Development of the NLTP

The development of the NLTP follows the general process set out below. This reflects the pre July 2017 structure of the Transport Agency and will be updated in due course.


Process steps for NLTP development

  1. The Transport Agency develops the project plan and timelines for NLTP development. Board approval is obtained for the high level plan and deadlines and these are communicated to Regional Transport Committees, Approved Organisations and the Transport Agency.
  2. Prior to the release of the draft GPS, the Transport Agency develops and communicates national investment signals based on the current GPS and emerging government policy.
  3. On release of the draft GPS and development of its draft Investment Assessment Framework, the Transport Agency strengthens its investment signals and ensures that RLTP development and other processes and timelines are in place to meet its NLTP deadlines.
  4. On release of the final GPS and Investment Assessment Framework, the Transport Agency confirms its NLTP project plan, investment signals and timelines, and obtains Board approvals as required.
  5. The Transport Agency progressively develops the NLTP and interacts with the Board as necessary, providing updates and obtaining direction.
  6. The Transport Agency develops its NLTP communications strategy and plan, and obtains Board high level approval of these.
  7. The Transport Agency collates and assesses RLTPs and assesses and prioritises the activities proposed for inclusion in the NLTP.
  8. The Transport Agency drafts up the national and regional sections of the electronic NLTP document on the Transport Agency website.
  9. The Transport Agency moderates and consolidates investment proposals with particular emphasis on programmed activities (maintenance, public transport services, promotion of road safety).
  10. The Transport Agency recommends indicative investment levels for programmed activities and obtains the Board's endorsement to these. The purpose is to provide Approved Organisations and the Transport Agency (state highways) more certainty around the funding they will receive to assist development of their budgets and plans.
  11. Indicative investment levels for programmed activities are communicated to Approved Organisations to assist their long term planning.
  12. The Transport Agency drafts hard copy supporting information for the launch of the NLTP and makes arrangements for the national and regional launches.
  13. The Transport Agency drafts the NLTP Board paper and recommends adoption of the NLTP.
  14. The Transport Agency drafts a paper for the Board to provide assurance around the process followed to develop the NLTP and around the Board's governance role.
  15. The Board decides whether to adopt the NLTP. If it decides not to adopt the NLTP, the process goes back to Step 13 to redraft the Board paper to take account of the Board's concerns.
  16. If the Board adopts the NLTP, the Transport Agency completes drafting of the NLTP document on its website. It also completes the hard copy supporting documentation for the national and regional launches.
  17. The Transport Agency writes to regional transport committees (and affected Approved Organisations) explaining the reasons why activities have not been included in the NLTP and why the Transport Agency's priority order for activities differs from the RTCs' order.
  18. The Board and the Transport Agency's senior leadership team launches the NLTP nationally (Wellington based and involving sector leaders and media) and regionally (involving regional leaders, e.g. mayors, chief executives, etc).
  19. During and after  the launch, Transport Agency staff respond to media and other queries for information relating to the NLTP, including parliamentary and ministerial queries.

Timelines for NLTP development

Every three years, the Transport Agency is required under the LTMA to adopt the NLTP by 1 September of the first year of the NLTP under development.

In most cases the Transport Agency aims to adopt the NLTP by 30 June of the year immediately preceding the start of the NLTP.

Where development of the NLTP is delayed, e.g. due to late release of the GPS, the Transport Agency has until 31 August of the first year of the NLTP to adopt the NLTP and may adjust the deadlines for RLTPs as a consequence.