What the RLTP covers
The Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) provides the blueprint for transport in Auckland over the next decade.
It includes a proposed 10-year investment programme and sets out our priorities for the city.
The RLTP has been developed by the Regional Transport Committee, Auckland Transport, the New Zealand Transport Agency and KiwiRail.
These groups have been working together to respond to Auckland's growth and the city's transport challenges.
Auckland's transport challenges
Auckland is the largest and fastest-growing city in New Zealand
Auckland is the largest and fastest-growing urban area in New Zealand, home to almost 1.7 million people. Our projected growth provides opportunities, but also puts pressure on the transport network.
Safety on our roads
Aucklanders have seen an increase in both serious injuries and fatalities on our roads in in the past five years.
Vulnerable road users, like cyclists and pedestrians, have been particularly affected.
Not only is there the devastating social cost to this increase, even minor incidents create congestion and make roads less safe.
While some level of congestion is the result of a growing city, the performance of many parts of Auckland's transport network has deteriorated as demand exceeds capacity.
This has led to unreliable travel times for people and goods moving around the city.
Movement of freight
The freight industry is particularly badly impacted by increased travel times and poor reliability. This impact has negative consequences for everyone in the city.
Auckland also has a significant freight logistics function in distributing goods to the rest of New Zealand.
Longer travel times and poor reliability due to congestion makes it difficult for people to get where they need to go. In particular, Aucklanders need better and easier access to their places of work and education.
Expanding public transport services and creating safe walking and cycling infrastructure is a major part of improving the accessibility of the transport network. This is crucial to boosting the city's economic productivity and prosperity.
Environment and sustainability in our infrastructure
Creating a sustainable and attractive city requires an environmentally conscious approach to transport networks and construction.
Beyond this, transport is Auckland's biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions.
By working towards a more environmentally friendly and sustainable transport network, we can reduce transport's negative environmental impacts.
Value for money for our residents
Auckland poses a challenge in delivering major transport projects and services that offer residents value for money.
Growth pressures, rising property prices and the cost of land all make building a better transport network an expensive task. Complex construction environments like developed urban areas also add to the cost.
How we will address the challenges
The goal of this RLTP is to ensure that Auckland can address its current challenges and take advantage of future growth, while also being sustainable and well-connected.
Auckland needs to move away from single-occupant vehicles as the dominant form of travel. We need a city where public transport, walking and cycling play a major role in how people get around. This will in turn create a better experience for those who must drive.
Investment in transport infrastructure needs to be matched with a greater focus on customer service and customer needs.
Our goal is to provide Auckland with an integrated transport system that offers genuine travel choice, while maximising safety and environmental protection.
- Focus on high-risk road and intersection upgrades and monitoring.
- Speed management.
- More safe crossing facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.
- Creating a comprehensive and accessible public transport network.
- Addressing congestion.
- Providing more genuine travel choices.
Public transport infrastructure and services
- More investment in public transport infrastructure and services.
- Major new initiatives for the bus transport network.
- New electric trains, electrification and upgrades of existing lines, new third main line.
- Light rail.
- Ferry terminal upgrades and pier replacements.
- Greater focus on customer needs and experience.
Walking and cycling
- Separated cycleways to enable safe cycling for people of all ages and abilities.
- New and widened footpaths.
- Providing connectivity to wider public transport network.
- Promoting walking and cycling.
Supporting growth areas
- Roads that connect priority greenfield areas to the rest of the region and city.
- Public transport connections to these areas.
- Improvements to existing infrastructure and services aimed at decreasing pollution.
- Making street lighting more energy efficient.
- Encouraging use of electric vehicles.
- Reducing pollution from road discharge into stormwater drains.
Network capacity and performance
- Making the most of the infrastructure we already have.
- Dynamic traffic lanes that adapt to traffic patterns.
- Improving efficiency of traffic signals.
- Optimising road layout to improve traffic flow.
- More T2 and T3 lanes.
Corridor and roading improvements
- Improvements that enhance connectivity and reduce congestion.
- New local roads.
- Upgrades to existing roads.
- Upgrades to state highways.