Record investment approved for regional land transport plan
A massive $ 37 billion investment plan was approved today by the Auckland Transport (AT) board of directors – as the 2021-2031 Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) gets the green light.
The record investment – the largest in Auckland Transport’s history – defines a plethora of projects over the next decade across TÄmaki Makaurau.
Auckland Transport received 5,818 public submissions during the RLTP consultation, with overall support to the RLTP leadership, and in particular – strong support for investment in public transport.
The 10-year plan focuses on areas that AT, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and KiwiRail will respond to to help address the transportation challenges of our region. All 21 Auckland local councils have submitted submissions on the RLTP – which has also been approved for approval by all Auckland councilors.
Following public comments, all of the projects described in the RLTP draft have been approved, and a number of additional projects will also be included following the consultation comments, namely:
- Dairy Flat Highway / The Avenue intersection: Additional investment of $ 12.5 million to improve safety at Dairy Flat Highway / The Avenue intersection.
- New trails:
$ 20 million more invested over 10 years for new trails.
- Hill Street intersection:
Auckland Council’s $ 4.7 million in funding to address the Hill Street (Warkworth) intersection. The rest of the funding for the project is expected to come from the transport agency Waka Kotahi NZ.
Of the $ 37 billion invested in the RLTP, 50% is spent on capital expenditure, of which 50% is for maintenance, operation and renewals. The share of funding for new projects can be broken down into:
- Public transport and environment – 49 percent
- Strategic and local routes – 24%
- Walking and cycling – 8 percent
- Space priorities – 7%
- Safety – 6 percent
- Optimization and technology – 4%
Auckland Transport Board Chair Adrienne Young-Cooper said the approved RLTP will help address a number of challenges.
âBetween 2016 and 2031, Auckland’s population will increase by 22%, from 1.59 million to 1.93 million. We know we cannot get out of the congestion. By 2031, most of the region’s major road projects will be completed. We need to change our mindset on reallocating road space to focus more on the movement of high-occupancy goods and vehicles.
âBy 2031, we will have achieved transformational change – with transit projects such as Northern Bus Lane Extension, Eastern Bus Lane, Airport Rapid Transit at Botany, the Urban Rail Link (CRL), the Northwest Interim Bus Track; as well as the electrification of the railway to Pukekohe.
Steve Mutton, Waka Kotahi’s regional relations manager in Auckland and Northland, says it’s great to see the people of TÄmaki Makaurau engaged in the conversation about improving Auckland’s wider transport network.
“Regional land transport plans developed by local government should be consistent with the government land transport policy statement 2021, which emphasizes improving safety, providing more accessible travel options , better freight links and reduced environmental impact. Waka Kotahi is delighted that Auckland’s future transport plans are aligned with this and will help provide a more resilient transport system that makes Auckland a great place to live.
RLTP 2021-2031 projects will bring transformational improvements to the way we move around TÄmaki Makaurau. People will have better access to the rapid transit system through projects like the City Rail Link (CRL) and the Eastern Busway. AT will also provide 200 km of new and modernized cycle paths and shared lanes. All of these investments will give people more travel options and reduce our dependence on our cars.
The RLTP reflects and aligns the outcomes sought by the Auckland Plan, as well as the goals and recommendations of four separate but interconnected plans being updated, namely: the Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) , the Long Term Plan (LTP), the Regional Fuel Tax (RFT) and Government Policy Statement on Land Transport.
To learn more about the approved RLTP 2021-2031, visit www.at.govt.nz/rltp
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