Regional improvements activity class
Regional improvements were added as a new activity class in the 2015–18 GPS, for improvements to roads in regional New Zealand. The GPS 2018–21 defines the activity class as investment to the transport levels of service outside of major metropolitan areas to support regional economic growth. Regional improvements activities will therefore represent road improvements that best contribute to thriving regions.
The Transport Agency has not adopted a different set of work category or assessment criteria to give effect to this activity class. This means that all road improvement activities will use the same work categories and will be optimised together. The reason for this approach is to ensure that no application is disadvantaged, or needs to be duplicated, in order to be considered for investment from the NLTP.
Allocation of activities to the regional improvements activity class will be made by the Transport Agency on the basis of eligibility under the GPS and prioritisation through the IAF.
There is a range of principles that applies to the activity class including areas excluded from regional improvements funding.