Over the next two years, the government has indicated the following immediate transport priorities:
Investment in infrastructure
Increased transport infrastructure funding will have a direct influence on growing New Zealand's economy by increasing productivity, securing jobs and increasing employment. The government wants to continue momentum in this area; in particular, continuing to build the Roads of National Significance that were announced in March 2009.
Beyond the RoNS, identifying new approaches to the planning, management and development of the network, such as a classification of State highways, will help to ensure that infrastructure investment is made in a targeted and efficient way.
Better quality regulation
Simplifying, modernising and streamlining transport's legislative and regulatory framework in order to reduce compliance costs will remain a high priority.
Better public services
Evolving KiwiRail into a commercial enterprise is a top priority to improve value for money in the transport portfolio. The government is committed to providing a rail freight infrastructure that meets the requirements of importers and exporters.
Public transport can play a role in reducing congestion and improving overall transport efficiency. Improved operating models for Auckland and Wellington metro rail, as well as for the bus and ferry sectors, will help improve the quality and value for money obtained from public transport services.
Efficient and cost-effective performance of transport Crown entities is also vital to reducing costs for transport users and helping make New Zealand more competitive.
Road safety will also be a high priority for the government. Promoting a Safe System approach is acknowledged as integral to achieving safety gains. The approach recognised that all components must play their part in order for the system to operate safely. This is already central to marine and aviation operating practice, and is being incorporated into land transport policy using Safer Journeys, New Zealand's road safety strategy 2010-2020(external link), as the foundation.