Regional improvements activity class
Regional improvements were added as a new activity class in the GPS 2015–18 for improvements to roads in regional New Zealand. The GPS 2018–21 defines the activity class as an investment in the transport levels of service outside major metropolitan areas to support regional economic growth. Regional improvements activities will therefore represent road improvements that best contribute to thriving regions.
The main principle around the regional improvements activity class is that it allows a regional focus on sustainable regional economic development that is safer and better connected, supports tourism, improves transport connections and/or responds to resilience risk on important regional roads.
The regional improvements activity class will use the same assessment criteria and work categories as local road and state highway improvements. This is done to allow for all road improvements activities to be optimised together.
Allocation of activities to the regional improvements activity class will be made by Waka Kotahi on the basis of eligibility under the GPS and prioritisation through the IAF.
There is a range of criteria a project must fulfil in order to be included in this activity class.