19 May 2020
For the past couple of months, the Government has been consulting on two major strategies for transport – the draft New Zealand Rail Plan and the draft Government Policy Statement (Land Transport 2021). Last week we submitted on both these strategies.
Draft New Zealand Rail Plan
We worked with the Railway Technical Society of Australasia (RTSA) to submit to the Ministry of Transport on this. Our submission welcomed the draft Plan’s focus on continued investment in rail infrastructure and services, as well as service planning and funding mechanisms. We acknowledged the role of rail in supporting a safer, more economic and sustainable multi-modal transport sector.
We also raised opportunities for strengthening the draft Plan, and wider rail sector. These opportunities include the need for long-term rail investment planning and consistency in funding to support the industry so that it can develop a capable, competent and well-equipped workforce.
Draft Government Policy Statement (Land Transport 2021)
Following work undertaken by the Transportation Group, we submitted on the draft Government Policy Statement (Land Transport 2021) (GPS). The draft GPS sets out the Government’s priorities for investment in land transport networks. The draft 2021 GPS sets out the four strategic priority areas for land transport – safety, better transport options, improving freight connections and climate change.
We supported the draft GPS, recognising that much of its focus mirrors work undertaken through our Thought Leadership series Engineering a Better New Zealand.