The National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) announced this morning, provides an investment of $294.8 million for the Otago region over the 2009-2012 period.
In Dunedin it includes:
• work on four-laning the Caversham Highway at the city’s southern entrance is expected to start during the next three years. This section of State Highway (SH) 1 is prone to traffic congestion during peak-hour travel times
• progress over the next three years on the Fredrick Street to SH88 realignment project to smooth traffic flows, improve safety and ease congestion on this section of SH88 around the new Otago stadium and Otago University
• the SH88 Dunedin to Port Chalmers cycleway will be extended all the way to Port Chalmers.
NLTP on Public Transport
There has been a substantial increase in funding for public transport services nationally across 2009-12 with an increase of 30% to $630 million compared with the previous three years.
This NLTP allocates $11.6 million to public transport services in Otago. This includes encouraging drivers to use public transport in Dunedin, with the aim of reducing the number of vehicles on key city roads at peak times.
This in turn will:
• reduce traffic congestion
• delay the need for expensive road infrastructure to carry larger traffic volumes
• help improve travel times for private and commercial vehicles as well as buses.
National Land Transport Programme
Press Release: New Zealand Transport Agency
Wednesday, 26 August 2009, 3:31 pm
The NZ Transport Agency will release details of a multi-billion dollar investment in New Zealand’s land transport network on Thursday morning (27 August).
NZTA will publish the 2009/12 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) at midday on Thursday, outlining planned investment in land transport activities across the country over the next three years. The NLTP invests in a range of projects in all regions.
The new three-year timeframe for the NLTP allows for investments with a longer-term view, and allows local government and the wider land transport sector to plan ahead with increased confidence.
The preparation of the NLTP has been informed by 16 regional transport committees and the Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA) developing and submitting regional land transport programmes outlining activities to be prioritised for NLTP funding.
NLTP documents, Q&As and regional media releases will be available on the NZTA website from midday Thursday, at www.nzta.govt.nz
NZTA Board Chair Brian Roche will present the 2009/12 NLTP at a launch event at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington at 11am on Thursday. Transport Minister Steven Joyce will also speak at the launch.
Many rural projects cut back…
### ODT Online Fri, 28 Aug 2009
$295m for roading in Otago
By Mark Price
Otago roading projects are to receive $295 million over the next three years, $51 million less in subsidies than Otago land transport authorities were seeking.
Posted by Elizabeth Kerr