The Long Term Strategic View captures the pressure points and key economic, environmental, and population factors that will shape the transport system we need for the future. It has been created based on earlier discussions and feedback from the transport sector, as well as data and information that helps identify issues, opportunities and potential solutions in each part of our transport system.
The Transport Agency is working with stakeholders to refine the View and an updated version will be released later this year. This next version will incorporate sector feedback and updated datasets, including population forecasts released by StatsNZ in 2017. It will also include content for new urban growth centres (identified under the National Policy Statement for Urban Development), and also additional Regional Economic Development regions that have more recently been included in the Government’s Regional Growth Programme.
Some of the key themes that are emerging from feedback from stakeholders so far include:
- The Long Term Strategic View will provide useful context for transport investment, but needs further work in collaboration with the sector if it is to become a ‘shared view’
- Some of the data in the View is no longer current, including the population growth forecasts
- Assumptions made around population, employment and transport movements are not always clear and should be made explicit
- The current View feels ‘road-centric’ - more effort needs to be made to provide a system view incorporating rail, public transport, walking and cycling
- Further work is required to align the View with the key themes emerging from local growth planning, business case and Regional Land Transport Plan development processes
- Care must be taken with the Immediate Priority and Future Opportunities maps to recognise that future investments are not set in stone, particularly in the second and third decades.
Download the Long Term Strategic View document [PDF, 11 MB]