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We're preparing for the 2021–24 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) and want to share more about the development work happening across Waka Kotahi.

We’re pleased to share Arataki: Our plan for the Land Transport System. This is our view of what is needed to deliver on the government’s current priorities and long-term objectives for the land transport system. It shares the evidence that has informed our view and helps everyone better understand the future impact our choices and decisions for investment will have on shaping the land transport system. We’re now working on Version two and expect to release this in August 2020.

We’ve released the Final Design Report from the Investment Decision-Making Framework (IDMF) review. We’ll be consulting separately on the Investment Prioritisation Method soon.

You can read more about these pieces of work:

The Ministry of Transport has developed the draft 2021 Government Policy Statement on Land Transport (GPS). The 2021 GPS is intended to be finalised in August 2020 to allow for Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTPs) and the 2021–24 NLTP to reflect the Government’s priorities.

You can read more about this on the Ministry of Transport’s website(external link).

Developing regional land transport plans

An RLTP sets out a region’s land transport objectives, policies, and measures for at least 10 financial years, as required under section 16 of the Land Transport Management Act 2003. The direction set by an RLTP is an essential part of the strategic context for any land transport investment proposal.

Land Transport Management Act 2003(external link)

RLTPs are prepared by Regional Transport Committees, or Auckland Transport in the case of Auckland, every six years. The Land Transport Management Act 2003 sets out in detail the requirements of an RLTP, including the requirement to complete a review of an RLTP during the six-month period before the end of the third year of the plan.

What does an RLTP contain?

RLTPs describe the region’s long-term vision and identify its short- to medium-term investment priorities to move towards this vision. They also include a regional programme of transport activities proposed for funding over the next three to six years.

RLTPs are the primary vehicle for discussing and agreeing a clear set of regional outcomes, priorities and improvement projects in the land transport space. They describe the gap between where we are and where we need to get to, along with the programme of activities needed to bridge that gap. Therefore, RLTPs tell a powerful story about a region and its aspirations.

For Waka Kotahi, RLTPs are more than just a list of activities or projects that funding is being sought for – they tell the story what really matters to a region, how investment in different activities will achieve the community’s outcomes and where change is most needed.

An RLTP that applies the Business Case Approach (BCA) principles will inform and drive investment across all funding sources. It presents a compelling case for land transport investment for local, regional and national investors.

Considerations when developing your RLTP

As you develop your RLTP, here are some things you may want to consider:

  • Any changes in your region’s population and/or economy that will have an impact on the transport system and how people use it. Similarly, changes promoted in the plan will affect your region’s population and economy. Consider how you can use the plan to facilitate positive outcomes now and in the future.
  • In the policy and context section you will have regional policy context and direction in addition to the national policy context and direction. Consider how the combination of national and regional policies will shape and impact the plan as you develop it, particularly problem statements, benefits, investment objectives, pressures, the current environment and responses.

The world is changing more quickly than ever before, so you cannot predict exactly what the future will look like. However, you can:

  • factor what risks and uncertainties could impact the transport system.
  • build your plan with a focus on providing certainty in the short to medium term (because the long term is less predictable).
  • realise there is always more than one way to solve a problem. Analyse a range of options and factors before you identify a preferred approach. Be clear and transparent about the reasons the preferred investment priorities/options were chosen and what the key trade-offs are.
  • think ‘Big Picture’. How do the individual elements of your proposed plan affect each other? What is the flow-on effect on other parts of the network? How will this plan impact on the pressures, the current environment and land consumption?
  • prioritise the activities in your plan, and consider how the sequencing will influence your ability to alleviate problems and realise benefits.

RLTP guidance and templates

The Transport Special Interest Group (TSIG), with support from Waka Kotahi, has developed best practice guidance for developing the RLTP 2021–2031. Use this guidance in conjunction with the RLTP templates.

For more information, please contact Waka Kotahi or your TSIG representative.

Transport Investment Online (TIO) guidance and templates

Maintenance, Operations & Renewals

Public Transport continuous programme

Low Cost, Low Risk

 Road safety

New improvement activities

RLTP frequently asked questions

  • What is a Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP)?

    An RLTP sets out a region’s land transport objectives, policies and measures for at least 10 financial years, as required under section 16 of the Land Transport Management Act 2003.

    The direction set by an RLTP is an essential part of the strategic context for any land transport investment proposal.

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  • Why do we need an RLTP?

    RLTPs provide a programme of regional land transport activities, including the activities proposed for inclusion in the National Land Transport Programme (NLTP).

    Activities need to be in an RLTP in order to be considered for the NLTP and funded from the National Land Transport Fund (NLTF).

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  • Who prepares an RLTP?

    RLTPs are prepared by Regional Transport Committees (RTCs) on behalf of the regional council, or Auckland Transport in the case of Auckland, every six years.

    The Land Transport Management Act 2003 sets out in detail the requirements of an RLTP, including the requirement to complete a review of an RLTP during the six-month period before the end of the third year of the plan.

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  • What is the GPS?

    The GPS helps to guide investment in land transport by providing a view of the Government’s priorities for the land transport network.  

    It provides direction and guidance on how to invest the National Land Transport Fund (NLTF) and gives funding allocations for each activity class.  

    In the draft GPS 2021 there are 11 activity classes including local road improvements, public transport infrastructure, Road to Zero, and walking and cycling improvements. 

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  • What are the key milestones in developing an RLTP?

    Currently final RLTPs should be submitted to Waka Kotahi by 30 April 2021. Other key dates include the release of the final GPS 2021, which is expected in August 2020.  Most Regional Transport Committees (RTCs) will develop the strategic components of the RLTP in the first half of 2020 and the programme in the second half of 2020, with consultation and a final draft by first quarter of 2021.  

     

     

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  • What is the Waka Kotahi Investment Proposal (WKIP)?

    The Waka Kotahi Investment Proposal, previously known as the Transport Agency Investment Proposal, sets out the programme of activities that we propose for inclusion in the 2021-24 NLTP, to give effect to the GPS.

    When developing the WKIP, we take into account the strategic priorities and direction from the GPS to ensure our proposed activities will give effect to the GPS outcomes.

    The WKIP outlines our investment approach for State highway maintenance and improvements, and nationally delivered programmes, such as national road safety education and advertising, research programmes and the national ticketing system.

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  • How do RLTPs link with WKIP and the NLTP?

    Each region develops an RLTP that sets out the regional programmes for all Approved Organisations. The WKIP outlines our national and regional programmes. Each RLTP programme feeds into the development of the NLTP.

    Projects within RLTPs and the WKIP are prioritised on a national basis to be considered for the available funding within each activity class of the GPS.

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  • What is the Funding Assistance Rate (FAR)?

    The FAR is the subsidy we provide to local authorities from the NLTF for local activities. As part of the development of each NLTP, we review and set the FAR for each local authority. This in line with its requirements under the Land Transport Management Act 2003.

    The national average for FARs is 53%. This is paid to local government from the NLTF for local land transport activities approved for funding within the NLTP, such as local road maintenance and improvements, public transport services and cycling improvements.

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  • Who do I go to for help?

    You can contact your local Waka Kotahi office. The people with most involvement with local government are:

    • Your local Director of Regional Relationships
    • Lead Strategic Planners
    • System Managers
    • Partnership Investment Advisors
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