Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Transit releases 2008/09 State Highway plan

MEDIA RELEASE

TRANSIT NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL OFFICE

1 July 2008

Transit New Zealand releases 2008/09 State Highway Plan

Transit New Zealand today released its 2008/09 State Highway Plan and Forecast that details planned state highway maintenance and capital improvements.

The plan sets out in detail Transit's programme of work for the current year, the remaining years covered by the Government's funding guarantee, and a forecast out to 10 years.

Transit chief executive Rick van Barneveld said the plan and forecast mark year three of the five-year plan of works made possible by Budget 2006 which provided $1.3 billion in extra funding for a portfolio of “key deliverable” projects.

“The five-year funding guarantee added stability to transport sector investment and Transit is currently on schedule to deliver the portfolio of 100 projects. “

Mr van Barneveld said Transit planned to start construction on around 45 new road improvement projects around the country in 2008/09, ranging from large projects like the SH2 Waipukurau Overbridge Realignment (Hawke’s Bay) or SH1 Akerama Curves Realignment (Northland) to new passing lanes, seal widening projects, safety improvements, walking and cycling projects and many other improvements.

“Once completed, these projects will make the journeys of thousands of motorists each day safer and easier.”

The release of the final plan follows a consultation process in which the number of submissions halved from 268 last year down to 135, a reflection of the greater stability that the Government’s guaranteed funding has given to Transit’s long-term planning, Mr van Barneveld said.

“Common topics across this year’s submissions included provision of more passing opportunities, safe walking and cycling facilities and gaps in the network of stock effluent disposal facilities.

“We have extended the former one-year programme of small and medium-sized projects to three years in response to feedback received in last year’s submissions.

“Other common concerns included the number of one-way bridges remaining on state highways. This is being addressed through a draft bridge replacement programme currently in development.”

The 10-Year State Highway Plan and Forecast 2008/09 to 2017/18 will be available on Transit’s website from 8am 1 July. Published copies will be available at a later date.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Crown Accounts: Slightly Softer Growth Expected In PREFU

A slightly softer growth forecast is the main feature of largely unchanged Pre-election Fiscal Update compared to the Budget forecasts three months ago, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says. More>>

ALSO:

Water: Farming Leaders Pledge To Help Make Rivers Swimmable

In a first for the country, farming leaders have pledged to work together to help make New Zealand’s rivers swimmable for future generations. More>>

ALSO:

Unintended Consequences: Liquor Change For Grocery Stores On Tobacco Tax

Changes in the law made to enable grocery stores to continue holding liquor licences to sell alcohol despite increases in tobacco taxes will take effect on 15 September 2017. More>>

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>

ALSO:

By May 2018: Wider, Earlier Microbead Ban

The sale and manufacture of wash-off products containing plastic microbeads will be banned in New Zealand earlier than previously expected, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today. More>>

ALSO: