Developing the Regional Land Transport Plan

The Regional Land Transport Plan is being developed by Taranaki Regional Council and will come into effect in mid-2024.

The Road Ahead:

  • March-April 2023: Feedback sought on public transport, cycling and walking, the long-term vision for transport and road safety and speed management.
  • 18 September-29 October 2023: Public consultation on district councils’ speed management plans and Better Travel Choices for Taranaki strategy.
  • 16 February-15 March 2024: Public consultation on Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP).
  • 18 April 2024: Hearings to finalise RLTP.
  • 30 April 2024: RLTP submitted for approval by Waka Kotahi.
  • 1 July 2024: RLTP comes into effect.

Better Travel Choices for Taranaki
This new strategy is being developed by the Taranaki Regional Council. It will incorporate walking, cycling and public transport and replaces two out-of-date documents (the Regional Walkways and Cycleways Strategy and the Taranaki Regional Public Transport Plan).

An important part of this document will be to guide the region’s public transport network and development plans for the next 10 years. Feedback received during March and April shaped the drafting of this document before the public had a say on the draft strategy in September to October 2023. 

Speed Management Plans
A speed management plan is a state highway, regional or local (territorial authority) plan that outlines a 10-year vision and a three-year implementation plan for a whole of network approach to speed management. It should address safe and appropriate speed limits, infrastructure and speed cameras.

For our region's local roads, they are put together by New Plymouth District Council, Stratford District Council and South Taranaki District Council. Feedback on road safety - including speed - between March to April will be used to shape these plans as well as consultations by the councils on their interim speed management plans. The public will be consulted on the speed management plans between September and October 2023.  

Regional Land Transport Plan
All of the above plans will feed into the Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP). This is prepared by the Taranaki Regional Council and is a strategic document that provides direction to land transport in the region and sets out how the region proposes to invest to achieve its objectives.

The public will be consulted about the RLTP between February to March 2024 before we hold hearings on the plan in April 2024. An important role of this document is asking for co-investment from Government for land transport activities in the region - such as public transport, road maintenance, and cycling facilities. This document needs to be submitted to Waka Kotahi/NZ Transport Agency and comes into effect on 1 July 2024.

For further information on how speed management will sit within the RLTP, download the document below which provides an introduction and the framework for the Regional Speed Management Plan:

Regional Speed Management Plan: Introduction and framework [PDF, 898 KB]