A total of $3.5 billion will be invested to support local government to operate, maintain and renew over 80,000 kilometres of local roads over the next three years.
The Transport Agency is supporting the sector-led Road Efficiency Group (REG) by coordinating and delivering national aspects of the REG programme to improve local road maintenance.
REG was established as the ‘implementation authority’ responsible for enabling the recommendations of the Government Road Maintenance Task Force to be embedded across the transport system. The cross sector delivery model involves the Transport Agency, Local Government New Zealand and local government representatives. The programme enables REG to continue supporting the sector to move to the delivery of agreed outcomes based on robust evidence delivered through smart procurement.
REG’s work to improve road maintenance has included the ongoing development of the One Network Road Classification (ONRC) system, which defines nationally consistent service levels for roads and identifies where there are gaps in performance. This is helping councils target investment in local road maintenance and is informing the development of strategic objectives for the Network Operating Frameworks in place for each of our urban areas.
REG is also sharing examples of best practice procurement and delivery across local government, helping councils avoid duplicated effort while supporting them to make smart procurement decisions that align with their needs.