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NZ Transport Agency manuals, guidelines and tools

Economic evaluation manual
Industry's standard for the economic evaluation of land transport activities for New Zealand. The manual sets out economic evaluation procedures and values used in calculating benefits and costs, necessary for applications seeking investment where a benefit cost appraisal from the Transport Agency is mandatory.

Procurement manual
This manual is used for activities funded through the National Land Transport Programme and contains procurement procedures approved by the Transport Agency for use by approved organisations when purchasing infrastructure, planning and advice, and public transport services.

Cost estimation manual
This manual is for consultants when preparing cost estimates. It contains all Transport Agency's procedures and guidelines for producing, reviewing or submitting estimates for capital projects. 

Register of network standards and guidelines
This register is a definitive list of all relevant Transport Agency funding policy and commonly adopted manuals and technical documents for land transport network related activities. It is also a repository of land transport network reference documents for approved organisations, staff, consultants, contractors and other users.

Process manual for network standards and guidelines
This manual provides a fit-for-purpose process for managing the inclusion of new documents and changes and variations to existing documents in the register of network standards and guidelines.

Road assessment and maintenance management manual
This manual provides a method of measuring the condition of each road element, which can be used to assess routine maintenance and rehabilitation needs

General circulars
General circulars are used by the Transport Agency to directly advise road controlling authorities and regional councils about relevant policy or programme management updates, or to communicate recent Board decisions.

Transport investment online(external link)
Transport investment online (TIO) is the Transport Agency’s key source of project information and a record of investment decisions made in the National Land Transport Programme (NLTP). All activities funded through the NLTP are recorded in TIO, including the expected benefits and long term outcomes from each decision.


Road safety guidelines and tools

Speed management resources
The NZ Transport Agency is taking a new approach to speed management in New Zealand. A range of resources is available for road controlling authorities to support them with this.

Standard safety intervention toolkit
This toolkit provides photographic examples of individual standard safety interventions and, for most treatments, there are technical references provided, some with links to internet sites containing relevant documents. It is intended to provide guidance for road practitioners of all types and levels of professional experience, including: road safety and transport engineers, asset managers, town planners, civil designers and community road safety officers. It is relevant to both state highway and local authority networks.

Road safety audit procedures for projects
These guidelines are for project managers, traffic and safety engineers, auditors and consultants for use with new and improved road projects.  

High-risk rural roads guide
The guide introduces a new way to identify high-risk road sections and, using the Safe System approach, provides best practice guidance on choosing effective countermeasures. It is a practical guide to making our roads safer, intended for use by all road controlling authorities that manage high-risk rural roads.

High risk intersections guide
The guide has been developed to assist road controlling authorities in targeting intersection safety improvements to the highest risk intersections, and providing a nationally consistent application of proven countermeasures. Road controlling authorities can use the guide to identify their high-risk intersections and then to prioritise them by examining the crash histories and site characteristics to identify risk factors for which there are effective countermeasures.

Safer Journeys for motor cycling on New Zealand roads
The second edition guide provides road controlling authorities (RCAs) and contractors with guidance on improving and maintaining roads for better motorcycling safety outcomes, and is intended to help RCAs in planning for the 2018-21 National Land Transport Programme.