Land Transport Plan
Otago Southland Regional Land Transport Plans 2021 - 2031
The Otago and Southland Regional Transport Committees have produced the Otago Southland Regional Land Transport Plans 2021-2031.
The two regions have combined their plans into a single document, which proposes both strategy and investment for the two regions’ transport networks.
The plan outlines proposed transport network improvements for the next six years, and forms the application for funding from the National Land Transport Fund for the next three years.
Environment Southland councillors adopted the plan at a council meeting on 30 June 2021. Subsequently the plan was submitted to Waka Kotahi so projects can be considered for receiving funding assistance from the National Land Transport Fund.
Otago Southland Regional Land Transport Plans 2018 - 2021
Otago and Southland Regional Transport Committees (the RTCs) collaboratively developed the Otago Southland Regional Land Transport Plans 2015-2021 (RLTP). This RLTP sets the strategic direction for land transport in Otago/Southland, and lists the recommended activities for funding from the National Land Transport Fund administered by the NZ Transport Agency.
The Land Transport Management Act 2003 (LTMA) requires Regional Transport Committees (RTC) to undertake subsequent reviews of the RLTP. As required by the legislation, the RTCs have consulted and recommended updated to the strategy and programme of activities in the RLTP for 2018-2021.
The document is also available split into sections:
- Section 1 : Summary and maps
- Section 2.1 & 2.2 : Current situation including drivers of change
- Section 2.3 & 2.4 : Problems and opportunities
- Section 3 : Strategies & policy section
- Section 4.1 : Projects with funding already approved
- Section 4.2 : Prioritised activities - a summary
- Section 4.3 : Full programme of activities
- Section 4.4 & 4.5 : Other activities for 2018-21 & future RLTPs
- Appendices 1-8
- Appendix 9
A total of 53 submissions were received on the proposed variations by the closing date on 29 January 2018. Hearings were held in Queenstown and Dunedin on 19 February and 22 February.
Individual submissions and their summary can be found at: https://www.orc.govt.nz/plans-policies-reports/transport-plans/update-to-otago-southland-regional-land-transport-plans-2015-2021
The hearing panel completed the deliberations and provided recommended decision to the RTCs. On 8 June 2018, the RTC resolved to lodge the RLTP with Environment Southland and Otago Regional Council for approval.
Regional Transport Committee Chairs Group
The South Island Regional Transport Committee Chairs Group was established in 2016 for the purpose of significantly improving transport outcomes in the South Island through collaboration and integration.
The South Island Regional Transport Committees Chairs Group commissioned a project to “Identify the Opportunities For Mode Shift and Preparation Of A Mode Shift Implementation Plan” for the South Island. The resulting Plan suggested the largest opportunities for the Otago and Southland regions are for shifting a larger percentage of logs from road to rail. A new project has now commenced with Environment Southland, KiwiRail and the Clutha District Council as partners to further investigate the financial viability of the options identified in the report.
Regional Transport Committee Meetings
The Regional Transport Committee receives a regular report on progress with implementation of the Improvement Projects included in the Regional Land Transport Plan.