The objective of the Land Transport (Rail) Legislation Bill is to implement a new planning and funding framework for the heavy rail track network (the rail network) owned by KiwiRail. This new framework involves bringing planning and funding of the rail network under the land transport planning and funding regime set by the Land Transport Management Act 2003 (the LTMA).

Under the proposed rail planning and funding framework, funding for the rail network will be channelled through the National Land Transport Fund (NLTF). A statutory rail network investment programme (an RNIP) will be established, which the Minister of Transport will need to approve in consultation with KiwiRail’s shareholding Ministers. This will allow the rail network to be funded from the NLTF.

These changes will also ensure enable track user charges to be established through regulations. This will ensure track users contribute to the costs of the rail network in a fair and transparent way.

Key changes proposed by this Bill include:

  • implementing a new planning and funding framework for the heavy rail network owned by KiwiRail.
  • the rail network funded from the National Land Transport Fund and give Rail Ministers decision-making rights on funding rail network investments.
  • amendments the LTMA and the Land Transport Act 1998 to implement the new framework, and bring the planning and funding of the rail network under the land transport planning and funding regime set out in the LTMA.

     

On 12 December 2019, the Minister of Transport presented first reading speeches for this Bill to the House.

Further background on the proposed changes for Rail can be found in the draft New Zealand Rail Plan. It can be found here.

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This Bill will be progressed alongside the Land Transport (NZTA) Legislation Bill 

These Bills will address historical and current regulatory issues through amendments to transport legislation. The Bills ensure good regulation, reflect stewardship responsibilities and promote safety in the transport sector.