Labour plans to invest in transport look familiar

As part of its response to the impending economic crisis Labour yesterday announced changes to it planned expenditure on roading.   Like Act they recognise a good idea when someone else has it and appear to have drawn heavily from the Greens:

An enhancement of the existing Financial Assistance Rate for funding local roading would be available for those regions in need of additional economic stimulus to enable them to bring forward projects such as:

  • providing dedicated road space for public transport or other extended passenger transport services
  • additional walking and cycling facilities
  • street lighting upgrades to improve both energy efficiency and safety
  • footpath renewals
  • local road maintenance

Their dictation of our policy can’t have been 100 percent though because they missed a few details. We’re not increasing Financial Assistance Rates rates for local road maintenance, and we’re suggesting rolling out the changes nationwide, not on a bureaucracy-intensive case-by-case basis.

For more information on Labour’s transport policy going forward, please click here.

3 Comments Posted

  1. Scott, The best proof of your argument is the Chch ring road, most of which is designated as State Highway. You need to drive this route, preferably a few days after a decent frost, to understand just what can happen to a road that is inadequately maintained or pushed well beyond it’s pavement design life in the vain hope that a little extra funding for a realignment will be approved instead of rebuilding on a substandard alignment. The section north of the oxidation ponds has a 70km/h limit instead of 80 solely because of the magnitude vertical movements created by the pavement irregularities in a sweeping s-bend.

  2. Yes why shouldn’t road users pay the full cost of road maintenance?

    Of course I forgot, you’re going to neglect road maintenance by spending two-thirds of the NLTF on public transport, even though 40% of the current budget is road maintenance – a few bridges falling down and potholed roads will put off people driving right?

  3. “We’re not increasing Financial Assistance Rates rates for local road maintenance”

    Why not? It’s what most Dictrict Councils spend most of their rates money on. Stock trucks, logging trucks and milk tankers pay a fortune in RUCs when travelling on country roads yet only half that money gets passed on to the local councils.

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