On 18 December 2014, Transport Minister Simon Bridges released the Government Policy Statement on land transport 2015/16 - 2024/25 (GPS 2015).

GPS 2015 sets out the priorities, objectives and funding levels for land transport, establishing funding ranges for different land transport activities and identifying the results Government expects from this investment.

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About the GPS

The Government Policy Statement on land transport (the GPS) is the Government’s main lever for setting priorities and funding levels for land transport investment.

GPS 2015 includes:

  • national objectives for land transport
  • the results the Crown wishes to achieve from the allocation of funding from the National Land Transport Fund
  • the Crown’s land transport investment strategy
  • the Crown’s policy on borrowing for the purpose of managing the National Land Transport Programme.

The GPS cannot determine which projects will be funded, or how much funding any particular project will receive. Rather, the GPS sets ranges of funding which government will make available for different types of activity. The New Zealand Transport Agency then determines which projects receive funding – and to what level – within those overall funding ranges.

An engagement draft of GPS 2015 was available for formal engagement from 15 June to 11 August 2014.

Main features of the GPS

Priorities

GPS 2015 continues the three key priorities from GPS 2012:

Economic growth and productivity

The Government will continue supporting improvements which will bring benefits for national economic growth and productivity.

Road safety

Every year, too many New Zealanders are killed and many more are seriously injured in crashes. While good progress has been made in reducing road fatalities and serious injuries, GPS 2015 continues to support the delivery of the Safer Journeys vision of a safe road system increasingly free of death and serious injury.

Value-for-money

We need a land transport system that is effective in enabling the movement of people and freight in a timely manner, and efficient in delivering the right infrastructure and services to the right level at the best cost.

Activity Classes

The GPS allocates funding between different types of activity (“activity classes”), for example, road improvements, public transport and road safety promotion. Compared to GPS 2012, the number of activity classes has reduced from 14 to 10. This provides the New Zealand Transport Agency with additional flexibility to allocate funds and deliver the best value from investment. The reduction in activity classes is complemented by more emphasis on reporting by the New Zealand Transport Agency.

National land transport objectives

The GPS contains six national land transport objectives. They are for a land transport system that:

  • addresses current and future demand
  • provides appropriate transport choices
  • is reliable and resilient
  • is a safe system, increasingly free of death and serious injury
  • mitigates the effects of land transport on the environment
  • delivers the right infrastructure and services to the right level at the best cost.

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