The Regional Land Transport Programme 2012 - 2015
The Regional Land Transport Programme (RLTP) 2012-2015 (PDF 3.4MB) lists all the planned transport activities for the next three years and is used to prioritise applications for government funding through the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA).
Auckland Transport is required to prepare an RLTP every three years covering all transport activities undertaken by NZTA State Highways, Auckland Transport and the Regional Land Transport Strategy (RLTS) work undertaken by Auckland Council. Its mandate covers the Auckland region and all land transport modes except rail track responsibilities. It sets out the transport projects and services over the next three years Auckland Transport will implement to progress the long term transport outcomes of the Auckland Plan.
In preparing the RLTP, Auckland Transport provides a view on the land transport priorities for the region, as well as the future programmes of other transport agencies acting in the region. The legislative requirements relating to the Auckland RLTP are contained in the Land Transport Management Act 2003 (LTMA).
Auckland Transport prioritises funding applications to ensure the most important schemes are funded first should there be insufficient funding for all activities. It is likely that not all the projects and programmes in this RLTP will be able to be fully funded. Initial indicators are that between $1.5 and $2.1b per annum is required over the next 10 years to fund activities proposed in this RLTP. The funding available through current sources will not be sufficient to enable this programme to be fully funded and therefore the projects have been prioritised.
The projects and programmes in the RLTP generally have a ten-year or less timeframe. However, the RLTP provides for investigations towards projects such as an additional Waitemata Harbour Crossing, improved inter-regional transport and airport connections which extend beyond this RLTP.
The highlights of this RLTP include electrification of the rail network, purchase of electric trains, progression of the City Rail Link, progress on building the SH20 Waterview Connection, the Western Ring Route, integrated ticketing, the Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI) and improved ferry infrastructure. In addition to these large capital works, of significance is a series of active transport initiatives, safety programmes and optimisation of the transport network to ensure best use is made of existing and new investment.
Putting the RLTP in context
The first RLTP was produced in 2009 by the former Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA). This is the second Auckland RLTP but reflects a number of changes that have occurred since 2009. The most significant change has been the new governance structure in Auckland in late 2010. This has reduced the number of agencies in the region responsible for transport matters and all key parties are represented on the Auckland Transport Board.
Auckland’s more streamlined governance arrangements have enabled Auckland Transport and its partners (NZTA, Auckland Council and KiwiRail) to adopt a One System approach to planning, operating and developing transport in Auckland. This will deliver a range of benefits, including better use of existing infrastructure, a more efficient, effective, resilient and safer transport system, more effective integration of transport planning with land use planning.
Preparation of the RLTP also considered:
Read the RLTP
24 February to 23 March
Submissions closed at 4pm on 23 March 2012.
16 - 24 April
RLTP hearings were held at Auckland Transport's head offices in Henderson.
A report will go to the Auckland Transport Board considering all submissions received, outling the hearings panel recommendations, with an amended document as necessary.
The final RLTP was approved and sent to NZTA.
NZTA will then consider the RLTP, and prepare a National Land Transport Programme (NLTP), which will allocate government funding through the National Land Transport Fund (NLTF). An activity that is not included in the RLTP may not be included in the NLTP.
If you have any queries about the RLTP please call or email:
Phone (09) 355 3553 (operated 24 hours, seven days a week)