Some examples of how the NZ Transport Agency is delivering on the government’s strategic priorities and objectives for land transport are outlined below.
The Community Driver Mentor Programme in Gisborne has been a great success story for the region. The programme is a significant safety initiative funded by the Transport Agency, the New Zealand AA, NZ Police and sponsors Chevron (Caltex) and Hyundai New Zealand.
A number of organisations, including Auckland Transport and the Transport Agency, have teamed up with the Mangere–Otahuhu local board to fund an innovative community safety project called Te Ara Mua (Future Streets).
The 130 kilometre long Southern Coromandel loop is a magnet for motorcyclists. It combines breath-taking scenery with twisting roads and tight corners that really test a motorcyclist’s skill.
In the Waikato, the region’s mayors have set up RATA (Road Asset Technical Accord) to save money and work smarter. This agreement between Waikato’s councils enables greater co-operation in planning and delivery of road maintenance on the local council roads.
Organisations including the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, schools, Ministry of Education, and the Transport Agency have teamed up with support from Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty councils to extend the public transport network in Tauranga and transition urban school bus services into an integrated network over the next three years.
Driving on State Highway 2 north of Tauranga requires careful concentration. The road to Katikati is a narrow two-lane rural highway with many direct property and road accesses.
Construction is underway to create New Zealand’s first smart motorway on Wellington’s urban motorway between Johnsonville and the Terrace Tunnel.
When a city is devastated by a natural disaster, rebuilding the transport network is critical for recovery but it is a job that cannot be done alone – it needs all transport providers to work together to make smart investment decisions.
Travel over the Southern Region’s alpine passes, such as State Highway 73 that connects Canterbury to the West Coast, can be challenging for the tourists, freight drivers and locals who traverse them. As the highways are often cut into the side of steep, mountainous terrain they are narrow and prone to rock falls and slips during periods of rain or snow.
Covering almost one-third of the South Island, the Otago and Southland regions face common transport challenges. These include having a large land area and road network, comparatively low populations in many areas, natural hazards impacting on transport networks and infrastructure upgrades being required to enable heavier freight vehicles to access key parts of the network.