National Land Transport Program: three-year spending plan of $ 24.3 billion in transport services and infrastructure

The government has announced how it plans to spend $ 24.3 billion on transportation services and infrastructure over the next three years.

Transport Minister Michael Wood on Tuesday released the National Land Transport Program (NLTP) 2021-24, a three-year plan for projects that Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency will fund in New Zealand.

He said the total plans amounted to a 44% increase in spending over the previous three years with increases for public transport, walking and cycling as well as road maintenance, safety and l improvement of the rails.

It included a $ 6 billion investment in public transportation, walking and cycling. Wood said it was an increase of almost 40 percent in spending in this area from the previous three years.

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Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced spending on transport and infrastructure.  (File photo)


Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced spending on transport and infrastructure. (File photo)

“We know we need to continue to reduce emissions and traffic congestion by giving Kiwis more choice of transportation,” he said.

Up to $ 2 billion has been pledged for road maintenance and public transport, while another $ 1.3 billion has gone to rail, as well as $ 30 million to support cabotage.

“There will be further announcements on how this will support freight transport along the Blue Highway in the future,” he said.

Plans called for $ 2.9 billion to improve 51 intersections, 25 new roundabouts and 164 kilometers of security gates. It will also help make 17 high-risk state road corridors, areas of land near the road, safer.

An additional $ 7 billion will be invested in the maintenance of local roads and national highways, which will renew approximately 7,000 km of highway lanes and 18,000 km of local road lanes.

The plans include improvements to road safety.  (File photo)


The plans include improvements to road safety. (File photo)

Severe weather events linked to climate change are also impacting freight and movement, he said.

“An additional $ 3.9 billion will be spent on improving roads that will help connect communities, ensure the reliable flow of goods and improve resilience across the country. This will see important projects such as the Te Ahu a Turanga Manawatū Tararua Expressway and the Waikato Expressway completed.

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