Sunday, July 14, 2024

Record transport investment to drive economic growth

The final Government Policy Statement on land transport 2024 (GPS 2024) outlines the Government’s ambitious $22 billion transport plan to boost productivity and support economic growth, Transport Minister Simeon Brown said today.

“Upon being elected, the Government was clear that we wanted to make good on our transport promises to New Zealanders and that is what we are doing with our Government Policy Statement on land transport,” said Mr Brown.

The Minister said GPS 2024 is already delivering for New Zealanders with:

  • a 91% boost for NZTA to fix and prevent potholes on state highways;
  • a 50% boost across local councils to fix and prevent potholes on local roads;
  • a 41% boost in public transport services and operations funding; 

“Since we announced the draft Government Policy Statement on land transport, an additional $1 billion has been confirmed for the National Land Transport Fund (NLTF) through Budget 2024. This will accelerate our transport plan and support the delivery of Roads of National Significance (RoNS) and major public transport projects.”

The Minister said that over the next three years, the Government will invest around $7 billion per year to build and maintain a transport system that enables Kiwis to get to where they need to go quickly and safely.

“GPS 2024 sees the return of the successful RoNS programme that was stopped under the previous government. Previous National-led governments delivered a pipeline of modern, high-quality, safe road projects under the RoNS banner, and we are bringing it back with 17 projects. These will be joined by 11 Roads of Regional Significance (RoRS) to create stronger transport connections throughout New Zealand that supports productivity and economic growth,” he said.

“Delivering reliable, effective, and efficient public transport is a key priority for our Government, which is why we have confirmed significant investment into New Zealand’s public transport infrastructure and services.

“Disruptions have been felt widely across our rail networks in recent years and have highlighted how important it is that we continue to invest in our networks. Investing in metropolitan rail and the Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga freight triangle is a priority.

For the first time, GPS 2024 is ringfencing road maintenance funding towards resealing, rehabilitation, and drainage maintenance works to prevent potholes on our State highways and local roads.

“Road safety remains a strategic priority, with GPS 2024 directing investment toward road policing and enforcement, new and safe roading infrastructure, and targeting the highest contributors to fatal crashes,” said Mr Brown.

“As part of our plan to improve road safety and restore law and order, we will introduce workable legislation this year to implement roadside drug testing and will require Police to conduct 3.3 million alcohol breath tests every year.”

The Coalition Government’s GPS 2024 is available here.

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