BECOME A MEMBER
Connecting New Zealand

Increased road maintenance investment welcome

17 Sep 2020


New Zealand’s civil contractors welcome increased investment in transport funding, announced in today’s Government Policy Statement on Land Transport (GPS) 2021.

CCNZ Chief Executive Peter Silcock said the GPS rebalanced priorities so the country’s roads could be kept safer and better maintained, as well as investing in new improvements.

Mr Silcock said the Government had responded quickly to the industry’s calls for urgent action to increase investment in road maintenance work. An additional $1b over the amount proposed in the 2018 Policy Statement had been added to the upper limit of funding for state highway maintenance over the next five years, and the upper limit for local road maintenance allocation had increased by $180 million over the same timeframe. 

“The increase in maintenance funding is a step in the right direction. Although it will not be enough to fully address decades of underinvestment in transport maintenance, it will provide employment for New Zealanders and the benefits of the improvements made will be felt by communities for many years.”

He said historic under investment in maintenance meant roads had deteriorated at a faster rate than usual and getting them back up to standard would take more effort. While the amount proposed represented a large increase, it would only go some of the way towards resolving the maintenance deficit as the road network was increasingly impacted by severe weather events and vehicle usage arising from population growth.

“To achieve safe, well-maintained roads we need a large initial investment to get the network back up to scratch, and then a level of funding that allows for the impacts of more frequent severe weather events and population growth.

“This is about getting our roads back to the standard they should be in. Over the past decade, successive GPS have required Waka Kotahi to underinvest in maintenance and that has certainly impacted on safety outcomes. Road users have noticed the difference.”

Mr Silcock said the new GPS was well balanced by the NZ Upgrade Programme and Shovel-ready projects, which provided additional funding sources for capital improvements and allowed the government to focus on increased maintenance of its existing assets, with the inclusion of user charges for the rail network a positive step.

The additional maintenance work funded was “truly shovel-ready” and would provide essential employment in the country’s economic recovery from COVID-19, he said.

The GPS allocated an average of $4.8b per annum over the next decade to Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. When combined with the $6.8b NZ Upgrade Programme and initiatives such as the shovel-ready projects and Provincial Growth Fund, transport investment would reach record levels across public transport, roads, rail and walking and cycling infrastructure.

While these additional government funding packages were a step in the right direction, Mr Silcock said further work was needed to consider how New Zealand could start to catch up with an infrastructure deficit amounting to $75b, as calculated in the recently released ACE NZ Sense Partners Infrastructure for the Long Haul Report.

 

 

RELATED


Principal Business Partner
Core Associates
Major Associates
UDC Finance
Portacom New Zealand Limited
TRIG Instruments
MBP (NZ) Ltd
Northpine Ltd
RobLawMax Recruitment
Brolube New Zealand
Advice Financial
MATES In Construction
First Gas
Teletrac Navman
Winstone Aggregates
Southeys Group Auckland
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
TotalEnergies NZ Ltd
Doug the Digger
SITECH NZ
Liebherr New Zealand
Mico New Zealand Ltd
Enviro NZ Services Ltd
Steelgal NZ Ltd
A B Equipment Ltd
CivilShare
Commercial Hire NZ Ltd
TR Group
Trade Me Jobs
Rettenmaier New Zealand Ltd
Checksafe Ltd
Nulca NZ
Kobelco New Zealand
Hydraulink Fluid Connecters Ltd
Sheet Pile Ltd
Holcim New Zealand Ltd
Vertu Equipment Limited
John Deere Limited
XCMG New Zealand
Hynds Pipe Systems
Marley NZ Ltd
Geofabrics New Zealand Ltd
TVH NEW ZEALAND
H.J. Asmuss & Co. Ltd
Assignar
Parallaxx
Connexis
CSP Div of Fletcher Steel
Porter Group Limited
Over and Out Communications
Fluiconnecto Ryco New Zealand Ltd
The Drug Detection Agency
n3
Westpac NZ Ltd
Aptella
Vertical Horizonz NZ Ltd
Infrastructure New Zealand
ENZED
Firth Certified Concrete
Coninnova Limited
TDX Ltd
Greenlight Insurance Brokers
Manage Company
Milwaukee Tool New Zealand
SAMI Bitumen Technologies New Zealand Ltd
Geosynthetic Partners International Ltd
Brandt Equipment
Blick
TLC Insurance Limited
AWF
Solo
Absolute Immigration NZ
MIMICO NZ Ltd
BNZ Partners
Franklin Smith Group
Terra Infrastructure Pty Ltd
ERoad Ltd
Infrastructure Sustainability Council
Komatsu New Zealand Ltd
beforeUdig
Humes Pipeline Systems
Power Farming New Zealand Ltd
Youngman Richardson
Wirtgen NZ Ltd
AECOM New Zealand Limited
Turners Group Ltd: Head Office/Auckland
Global Survey - Auckland
Terra Cat
Capital Consulting International NZ Limited
Reliance Reinforcing Limited

Login





Forgot password?
Create an Account