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Govts Future Urban Land Transport Planning

Govts Future Urban Land Transport Planning

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Assessment of the impacts of proposed strategy against urban development investment programme
Assessment of the impacts of proposed strategy against urban development investment programme

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Government\u2019s Future Land Transport Planning
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PAPER ORIGINALLY PREPARED FOR THE NZAA
Government\u2019s future urban land
transport planning
Risks and inconsistencies posed by the proposed updated New
Zealand Transport Strategy
Peter King, Policy Research Editor
February 2008

The Government is simultaneously planning to invest billions in urban roading and propose a New Zealand Transport Strategy update which includes targets to reduce motor vehicle use. This paper examines the targets derivation and potential impacts.

Government\u2019s future land transport planning
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Table of Contents

Executive Summary............................................................................................................................. 3
1. Role of a Strategy............................................................................................................................ 4
2. Government Expenditure............................................................................................................... 4
3. Expenditure Efficiency..................................................................................................................... 4
4. Past Cost of \u201cStrategic Gaps\u201d between the NZTS and the National Land Transport Programme .. 5
5. UNZTS Conflicts with the National Land Transport Programme.................................................... 5
6. Demand gap between proposed UNZTS and demographic change............................................... 7
7. Acceptability Gap between some target implications and society. .............................................. 10
8. Gaps between the existent Regional Land Transport Strategies and the proposed UNZTS......... 11
Targets under the Auckland Regional Land Transport Strategy................................................... 11
Targets under the Wellington Regional Land Transport Strategy 2007\u20102016.............................. 11
Targets under the Canterbury Regional Land Transport Strategy................................................ 11
Summary of RLTS Targets and comparison with UNZTS targets.................................................. 12
9. Conclusions............................................................................................................................... .... 12
10. Recommendation........................................................................................................................ 12

Appendix 1 Auckland National Land Transport Programme 2007/08 with UNZTS targets
retrospectively applied. .................................................................................................................... 13
Government\u2019s future land transport planning
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Executive Summary

In 1997 the Ministry of Transport published its first draft National Transport Strategy. In that
document it pointed out that while Regional Government had developed Regional Land Transport
Strategies since 1993 Government had not developed an over\u2010arching national strategy in order to
guide regional government. This was to be the task of the National Transport Strategy.

A surprising number of themes contained in the 1997 draft strategy remain in the 2008 update to
the New Zealand Transport Strategy document. Concerns with road pricing, environmental
sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions are consistent across the decade that separates them.
However some have changed. The 1997 strategy did not countenance full hypothecation of fuel
excise duty and raised questions about funding the land transport fund. The 1997 strategy did
concern itself with efficiency and effectiveness and it was concerned with international
competitiveness. Neither of these themes have survived into the current draft.

Roading remains by far the largest transport concern of Government and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. While Government policy in other sectors of transport may have a bearing on market behaviour in the roading sector the Government is the exclusive funder and provider of infrastructure.

Concern with efficiency of expenditure led the Government to establish a Ministerial Advisory Group
On Roading Costs which led on to the Next Steps Review of the Government\u2019s transport agencies.
That review found that the most significant cause of cost escalation was changes to project scope
created by design change to meet obligations under the Land Transport Management Act and the
National Transport Strategy.

The Government responded to the Ministerial Advisory Group\u2019s recommendations by proposing a
Government Policy Statement which would interpret the objectives and goals in the Transport

Strategy into shorter duration statements of objectives and outcomes. These are intended to reduce the uncertainty surrounding major projects. However the updated draft Transport Strategy contains targets which are to a large extent inimical to road construction. Thus Government appears to be setting out on a collision course with itself for no GPS endorsing roads will match a strategy which requires that non\u2010vehicle solutions are progressed at a faster rate than they have to date. This may place up to $6 billion worth of roading projects at risk of review and delay.

The targets included in the update Strategy contradict the objective of assisting economic
development. Most are focused on getting people out of cars in our urban areas. The targets are far
more ambitious than those contained in any Regional Land Transport Strategy. Indeed there is, to
date, minimal evidence that the Regional Land Transport Strategy targets are being achieved. The
reasons for this may well be based in demographic changes relating to an aging population and
settlement patterns particularly in Auckland.

Because the targets in the Strategy do not include any provisions for assisting economic
development, improving competitiveness or economic efficiency the Strategy is unbalanced in
favour of the other Strategy objectives. This not only has the potential to stall projects intended to

meet this objective currently under investigation or design but also to cause long term economic
harm to our urban areas as regional strategies are compelled to meet a narrow set of targets.

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