Regional Land Transport Plan Regional Land Transport Plan

The Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) is the 10-year investment proposal for Auckland’s transport network.

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Auckland’s next RLTP will be submitted to the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) on 1 August 2024. It sets out which projects, programmes and operating items Auckland Transport (AT), the NZTA and KiwiRail are seeking to fund, or partly fund, from the National Land Transport Fund. As such, it is a ‘bid document’ to the NZTA.

Although the RLTP is subject to funding uncertainty, it also helps outline the regional plan for capital transport investment over the next decade.

Have your say on the draft RLTP 2024-2034

Public consultation on the draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 to 2034 has now closed. A feedback report will be published on this page shortly.

Public hearings

If you would like to present your views in person or via an audio-visual link, please email to book a time slot. The public hearings will be held 26 and 27 June 2024 at 20 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Auckland.


The RLTP details the areas that AT, NZTA and KiwiRail seek to focus on in response to our region’s transport challenges. It also outlines the proposed 10-year investment programme for specific transportation projects.

The RLTP is reviewed every 3 to 6 years, with the next review taking place in 2024.

This Draft RLTP responds to the challenge of a growing population as well as Auckland Council and government transport policy outcomes for:

  • Fast and connected – improvements that make public transport faster, more accessible and more reliable, for example:
    • quicker, more reliable journeys on buses, trains and ferries
    • providing more choices when it comes to public transport across the city.
  • Resilient – investments that ensure our network is ready for challenges, for example:
    • protecting roads and other infrastructure to ensure they are less vulnerable to storms and flooding.
  • Productive – projects that support regional growth and productivity, for example:
    • rolling out technology to better manage traffic flow and make journeys quicker and more reliable at peak times
    • delivering cost-efficient cycleways and walking routes to give people more choices on how they want to travel.
  • Safe – investments that support a network that gets everyone home safely, for example:
    • continuing the road safety programme to prevent deaths and serious injuries over the next 10 years.
  • Sustainable – investments that help us reduce our transport emissions, for example:
    • continue the roll-out of our electric bus fleet
    • deliver the first phase of electric ferries.

To support these outcomes, the Draft RLTP proposes a $63 billion programme of investment in renewals, maintenance and operations, public transport services and new projects.

However, the costs of this programme are a lot more than the funding Auckland is likely to receive. Therefore, we need to signal which projects are our highest priority for funding.

The Draft RLTP confirms that the following items are effectively mandatory and should receive funding in all circumstances:

  • renewal and maintenance of local roads, rail and state highway networks, to ensure these remain fit for purpose into the future and that whole-of-life costs and disruption are minimised  
  • existing public transport services, along with improvements such as more rail services enabled by the City Rail Link and the expansion of the frequent bus network
  • completing projects already committed to or in progress (for example, Eastern Busway and City Rail Link).

This leaves choices around which new capital projects should be a priority, especially over the next 3 years. The main options are:

  • smaller projects that can be delivered quickly to improve the speed and reliability of our bus and ferry network, including dynamic bus lanes, improved stations and low-emissions options
  • larger rapid transit projects that will provide new high-speed public transport links across Auckland, but will cost more and take longer to deliver
  • smaller projects that can be delivered quickly to optimise traffic movement on our road network and motorways, and encourage more sustainable travel from key growth areas
  • major state highway projects that will improve resiliency, reliability and travel times on the motorway network and enhance our links to other regions
  • cycling projects that will increase the size of the cycling network
  • investment in safety infrastructure to reduce deaths and serious injuries on our transport network.

Of these, the Draft RLTP proposes that public transport projects are generally our highest priority for funding, followed by projects to optimise local roads, address growth challenges and expand the cycling network. It concludes that delivering all of the state highway improvements, while still important, is a lower priority for available funding.

Before we make final decisions, we seek your feedback to make sure the final RLTP 2024 reflects the views of Aucklanders about which projects are the highest priority for funding into the future.     


The programme set out in the draft RLTP 2024 is funded through a range of sources including:

  • Auckland Council – rates, development contributions and debt
  • central government – funding from the National Land Transport Fund and other direct Crown funding for projects, including the City Rail Link and the New Zealand Upgrade Programme
  • user pays service charges – parking fees and public transport fares.

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 see Auckland Council’s 10-year budget.