The Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) is the 10-year plan for Auckland’s transport network.
- Read the Draft Regional Land Transport Plan summary (PDF 1.2MB)
- Read the Draft Regional Land Transport Plan 2021-2031 and statement of proposal (PDF 3.5MB, 88 pages).
- Read the Draft Regional Land Transport Plan 2021-2031 appendices (PDF 4.2MB, 18 pages).
- View the summary and translated resources.
Project status: Consultation analysis – feedback closed 2 May 2021. Last updated 6 May 2021.
Project zone: Region-wide
The RLTP is the 10-year plan for Auckland’s transport network. It details the areas that Auckland Transport, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and KiwiRail will focus on to respond to our region’s transport challenges. It also outlines the proposed 10-year investment programme for specific transport projects.
The content of the RLTP is guided heavily by a number of central and local government policies, strategies and decisions.
As well as setting the direction for the RLTP, Auckland Council’s Governing Body has reviewed the document before public consultation. The Governing Body is the part of Auckland Council that makes decisions on regional policy, it is made up of the mayor and 20 ward councillors. Once public feedback has been taken on board the final document will also be taken to the Governing Body for endorsement.
Auckland Council’s Planning Committee, which guides the physical development and growth of the region, unanimously endorsed the Draft RLTP which we are now seeking public feedback on.
During consultation the RLTP was reviewed by all of the Local Boards. Local Boards are the part of Auckland Council that represent the views of local communities.
To learn more about what drives the proposed 10-year transport plan, please read the draft RLTP plan or see how it fits into the wider transport strategy.
The benefits this draft RLTP will deliver:
- A significant increase in rapid transit travel options (fast, frequent, high capacity bus and train services separated from general traffic).
- Prevent 1,760 deaths or serious injuries (DSI) over the next 10 years - a 67% reduction in DSIs.
- More than 200 kilometres of new and upgraded cycleways and shared paths.
- Projected increase in public transport use.
- Properly renewed transport assets – the road network will be kept up to standard.
- Significant progress towards decarbonising Auckland’s public transport fleet.
The transport challenges facing Auckland
Auckland is a really desirable place for people to live, and it is growing – fast. Our rising population supports economic growth and increases the vibrancy of our region. But as our population grows, there is more demand for housing, utilities like water and for travel around our region.
This growth means our transport system faces significant challenges now and into the future:
- Climate change and the environment – Emissions and other consequences of Auckland’s transport system today are harming the environment and contributing to the transport system becoming increasingly susceptible to the impacts of climate change.
- Safety – People being seriously injured and killed on our transport system is not acceptable. Our roads need to be forgiving of the mistakes people make and do more to prevent serious harm.
- Access – Our population and the amount of kilometres we travel in our cars is leading to congested roads and high travel times. Further development of our transport network is needed to increase the use and speed of public transport and walking and cycling facilities as well as improve freight productivity. This is needed to provide better access to employment and social opportunities for more people.
- Travel choices – Better and faster public transport options are needed to give Aucklanders more choices in the way they travel. Congestion will continue to get worse if we don’t provide more desirable transport options than the car.
How the draft RLTP responds to Auckland’s transport challenges
Auckland is a popular place to live and visit. And we want to keep it that way.
In developing the draft RLTP, we sought the views of a sample of Aucklanders to understand the most important improvements people would like us to prioritise.
From 29 March – 2 May 2021 we then sought feedback from the wider community to get their feedback on how we propose to progress our region over the next 10 years.
To meet the directives set by central and local government policies and strategies, the draft RLTP aims to contribute solutions in the following areas:
|Focus area||Projects include|
|Climate change & the environment||
|Safety||Road safety projects which align with our Vision Zero strategy to help prevent anyone being killed or seriously hurt on our roads. This involves:
|Better public transport connections and roading||
|Walking and cycling||
|Managing transport assets||
For more details on the above and to see which specific projects are proposed to be funded, please read the full draft Regional Land Transport Plan (2021-2031) or download the draft project delivery map (PDF 3.6MB).
The need for policy changes
Delivering a transport system that works effectively and efficiently relies on transport policy and regulations. In order to further improve the safety of our roads, reduce congestion and tackle climate change, some policy changes will be required.
Some changes can be implemented by Auckland Transport but a high number would need to be led by central government.
This draft RLTP proposed that a number of policy responses are required, many of which would require significant advocacy to Central Government to progress.
Policy responses proposed by the 2021 RLTP
|Significantly reduce climate change emissions||
|Accelerate better travel choices for Aucklanders||
|Make the transport system safe by eliminating harm to people||
|Better connect people, places, goods and services||
|Enable Auckland’s growth Increasing urban density and provision of new funding tools||
Please read the full draft Regional Land Transport Plan (2021-2031) to learn more about the policy changes that this draft RLTP proposes are required.
Over the next 10 years, $36 billion is planned to be spent across Auckland’s transport network. This is funded through:
- Auckland Council - rates, development contributions and debt
- Central Government - funding from the National Land Transport Fund, other Crown allocations for rail projects including the City Rail Link.
- User pays service charges - parking fees and public transport fares
- Regional Fuel Tax
Regional Fuel Tax
A key source of funding for transport projects in Auckland is the Regional Fuel Tax (RFT). The RFT was implemented in Auckland on 1 July 2018 to fund transport projects that would otherwise be delayed or not funded. It adds 10 cents a litre (plus GST) to petrol and diesel.
In conjunction with the draft RLTP consultation, Auckland Council sought feedback on a proposal to change details of the projects funded in their current Regional Fuel Tax scheme in response to funding decisions made by the government and to align with the Draft Regional Land Transport Plan.
The proposed change only relates to the projects the RFT will fund. The amount of fuel tax you pay will not change. Find out more about the projects the RFT will fund.
Auckland Council's Long-Term Plan +
Auckland Council recently sought public feedback on its 10-year budget (also known as the Long-Term Plan or LTP). The RLTP is a companion document to Auckland Council’s LTP. For more information visit Auckland Council’s 10-year budget 2021-2031 webpage.
Future Connect is our long-term vision for Auckland’s future transport system. It maps the most critical links of our current and future transport networks and will set a 30-year, long-term plan for all transport modes: walking, cycling, public transport, general traffic and freight.
The programmes and projects proposed in the draft RTLP will align with our Future Connect programme. Find out more about Future Connect.
Feedback closed 2 May 2021. Thank you to everyone who took the time to have your say.
We’ll now review all of the feedback received, and we’ll use this to develop the best way to move forward. It’s important that we consider all the responses we have received, but this can take a little time. Thanks for your patience and understanding.
What happens next
Your feedback is really important to us.
All the feedback we received during the consultation will be combined with the feedback on transport-related matters we received during Auckland Council’s Long-term Plan (LTP) consultation. We will analyse this feedback and present it to the Regional Transport Committee (RTC). The RTC will consider all feedback received and recommend any changes that should be made to the RLTP that has been proposed. The AT Board will consider the RTC’s recommendations and decide on the final RLTP to be adopted for Auckland.
Decisions will be publicly available on our website in late June 2021 and the final RLTP will be made available as soon as possible after it has been adopted by the AT Board.
We will publish a public feedback report which summarises and responds to the feedback we receive. If you provide your contact details when you provide feedback, we will notify you when the report is available.
Te reo Māori
简体中文 (Simplified Chinese)
- Fakamatala fakanounoú - Summary (PDF 1.2MB)
- Foomu ke fai ki ai ha fakamatalá - Feedback form (PDF 2.6MB)
New Zealand Sign Language
Filling out the feedback form.
- Regional Land Transport Plan 2018-2028 (PDF 9MB, pages 81)
- Regional Land Transport Plan 2015 - 2018 (PDF 5MB)
- Regional Land Transport Programme 2012 - 2015 (PDF 3.4MB)