Every three years, the government issues an investment strategy on the land transport system called the Government Policy Statement on land transport, also known as the GPS.
The GPS is a document that guides land transport investment over a ten-year period. Transport investments have long lead times, high costs and leave long legacies. Good transport investments therefore require careful planning to ensure that today’s transport network will be able to meet our future needs.
The GPS 2018 is committed to creating an efficient, modern and resilient transport system for New Zealand, across all transport modes and reflects this new approach through four clear priorities: a safer transport network free of death and injury, accessible and affordable transport, reduced emissions and value for money.
The Transport Agency supports the government priorities by investing in projects which improve walking, cycling and public transport facilities, and provides transport choices.
In April 2016, construction funding for the Tauranga Northern Link was granted as part of the $520 million Waihi to Tauranga Corridor programme. Since then, the programme has been re-evaluated to align with the government’s objectives, which has meant deferring construction of the TNL. Investigations on how the new road functions and would fit in with the wider network will now get underway.
Government Policy Statement on land transport (GPS)(external link)
State highway project re-evaluations