This section provides an overview of the requirements for the Transport Agency(state highways) to prepare regional state highway transport programmes for input to a regional land transport programme (RLTP).
All state highway activities that are proposed for inclusion in the National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) must be included in an RLTP. This requires the Transport Agency(state highways) to develop regional state highway transport programmes, through which it proposes activities for inclusion in an RLTP, and to submit these to the appropriate Regional Transport Committee (RTC).
Under the Land Transport Management Act (external link) , the Transport Agency sets the form in which RLTPs are to be submitted for consideration for the NLTP. This, in turn, prescribes the form in which Approved Organisations and the Transport Agency(state highways) need to submit their proposals for inclusion in an RLTP via Transport Investment Online (external link) .
The criteria that apply to activities proposed for inclusion in an RLTP and the NLTP are less stringent than those that apply to activities for which funding approval is sought. This means that activities may be proposed for inclusion in an RLTP or the NLTP at an early stage of their development, when limited information is available. Activities proposed for funding approval need to be developed sufficiently to enable the approval under s.20 of the Land Transport Management Act (external link) .
Approved Organisations and the Transport Agency(state highways) are expected to apply the Transport Agency’s planning and investment principles in developing their transport programmes and activities.
The Transport Agency expects the Business Case Approach will be used for all new activities developed in the 2015-18 NLTP and, as of July 2015, Approved Organisations and the Transport Agency(state highways) are required to use the Business Case Approach for all Transport Planning activities.
Activities derived from studies, strategies, packages and/or plans prior to the introduction of the Business Case Approach can continue to be developed using this approach. However, Approved Organisations and the Transport Agency(state highways) are encouraged to use the principles of the Business Case Approach to develop activities for which they are currently seeking funding approval. In particular, they should ensure that there is a clear statement of the problem and the consequences of not fixing the problem(s), and identify the potential outcomes and benefits that should be achieved from addressing the problem.
Approved Organisations and the Transport Agency(state highways) should structure their transport programmes by:
When developing activities, Approved Organisation must ensure that required fields in Transport Investment Online (external link) must be completed with the information relevant to the activity's business case stage and its readiness for either NLTP inclusion or funding approval.
Since the NZ Transport Agency expects that Approved Organisations will monitor the impacts of their land transport investments, investment performance measures need to be selected by Approved Organisations and agreed with the NZ Transport Agency’s regional staff. The Investment Performance Measurement pages provide further information on which activities must have performance measures and the Transport Agency measurement framework which includes a range of performance measures.
The Transport Agency requires that the Road safety audit procedures must be applied to the development of any improvement or renewal activity that involves vehicular traffic, and/or walking and/or cycling, proposed for funding assistance from the NLTP. The Road Safety Audit page provides details of when the audits must be undertaken or how to declare an exception.
All activities that are proposed for funding assistance under the NLTP must be supported by robust evidence.
Robust evidence is to be provided in Transport Investment Online fields and uploaded supporting information, including strategies, business cases, activity management plans, regional passenger transport plans, project feasibility reports, scheme assessment reports, economic evaluation worksheets, etc.
Further detailed evidence, particularly for programmes, may be required to be presented during NLTP negotiations with the Transport Agency.
Approved Organisations and the Transport Agency(state highways) are required to use the Investment Assessment Framework to determine the assessment profiles of their activities, and to inform their decisions to submit activities for inclusion in an RLTP
Each activity will also be assessed by the Transport Agency, using the Investment Assessment Framework. The resulting assessment profile is used to ascertain the activity’s priority for inclusion and programming in the NLTP.
The Transport Agency’s prioritisation of activities for programming in the NLTP utilises the Assessment Framework's priority orders, which sets out the assessment profiles and their priority order.
Approved Organisations and the Transport Agency(state highways) are expected to optimise their programmes when they develop them for RLTP inclusion.
At an activity level, this involves option identification and selection of the preferred option. This may involve use of multi-criteria analysis to short list options and should involve incremental assessment to select the preferred option from the short list, as well as using First Year Rate of Return (FYRR) to help inform timing decisions.
At a programme level, it involves sequencing and programming of components and relative scale of components to achieve efficient allocation of resources over time and best value for money.