Thursday, May 23, 2024

Planning underway for Roads of National Significance delivery

The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has signalled its proposed delivery approach for the Government’s 15 Roads of National Significance (RoNS), with the release of the State Highway Investment Proposal (SHIP) today.

Transport Minister, Simeon Brown said he was pleased to see NZTA moving at pace in putting forward their proposed approach to deliver on the 15 RoNS.

“Boosting economic growth and productivity is a key part of the Government’s plan to rebuild the economy,” said Mr Brown.

The Government Policy Statement on Land Transport (GPS) prioritises economic growth and productivity, maintenance and resilience, safety, and value for money.

“The SHIP outlines NZTA’s proposal for how to deliver the projects detailed in the Government’s recently released draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport.”

“Over the next three years NZTA plans to begin construction on a number of the RoNS and establish a 10-year construction pipeline. NZTA will also look to accelerate project development through fast-track legislation, as well as seek new sources of funding and financing to ensure timely delivery.

“In addition to the RoNS, the SHIP also includes other key commitments like the additional Waitemata Harbour Crossing, Northwest Rapid Transit Corridor, and increased investment in road maintenance and renewals.

“To rebuild our economy and ensure people and freight can get to where they need to go quickly and safely, we need to move at pace to deliver the infrastructure our country needs,” the Minister said.

The NZTA Board must adopt a new NLTP before 1 September 2024 which will confirm which activities (including any RoNS projects) may be funded by the National Land Transport Fund over the 2024-2027 period.

The State Highway Investment Proposal (SHIP) can be found here: www.nzta.govt.nz/assets/resources/state-highway-investment-proposal-2024-34/state-highway-investment-proposal-2024-34.pdf.

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