Regional Land Transport Plan Review

Limited consultation now open, following changes from government

Consultation on our full Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) review ended on Friday 15 March. We received many submissions, and are grateful to all those who took part.

We’ve since received a draft Government Policy Statement (GPS) 2024 and there are changes affecting some of our State Highway safety proposals. We are required to consult on these specific changes as they meet the threshold for ‘significant change’ (more than $7M per project).

Submissions on this limited consultation close at 4pm on Wednesday 29 May 2024.

What are the changes?

Changes in government priorities and funding have resulted in NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi (NZTA) amending some of the State Highway safety proposals in the draft RLTP. A limited public consultation is therefore required, on this specific issue only.

The changes relate to the State Highway Improvement Projects – Speed and Infrastructure Programme list found on page 105 of the draft RLTP document.

The projects in this list have been moved and will be delivered under different programmes within the RLTP, with their funding reallocated accordingly. However, two of these projects have had their combined funding reduced from $45m to $10m (2024/2027) These two projects related to the installation of median barriers on State Highway 1:

  • Whangārei to Wellsford – Central Tranche 2 – Median Barrier
  • Whangārei to Wellsford – Southern Tranche 2 – Median Barrier

The Government Policy Statement has indicated a changed approach to delivering safety projects. NZTA have therefore advised this funding will be redirected towards other State Highway safety initiatives including implementing lower cost safety retrofits in high-risk locations, and State Highway improvements including accelerating four-laning from Wellsford to Whangārei as part of the Roads of National Significance (RONS).

Timeline

  • 16 February - 15 March 2024
    Regional Land Transport Plan Review consultation period
  • 19 February - 15 March 2024
    Have your say events
  • April 2024
    Regional Transport Committee deliberations
  • 15-29 May 2024
    Limited consultation on specific changes.
  • June 2024
    RLTP submitted to Waka Kotahi for funding consideration.
  • September 2024
    Waka Kotahi decision on Northland's funding request (National Land Transport Plan)

We are seeking submissions from Northlanders to inform us whether they agree or disagree with these proposals and to provide us with their comments.

If you require more information on the proposals from NZTA you can contact them by email at:  [email protected]

You can make your submission by emailing [email protected] 

Please include your full name. Please provide your submission by 4pm on Wednesday 29 May 2024.

The Regional Land Transport Plan 2021-2027 is effectively the blueprint for transport spending across Northland and will become our bid for central government transport funding assistance.

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