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Work category 321 provides for new facilities and equipment that support the safe management and operation of the road network.

Qualifying activities


  • Examples of qualifying activities

    Examples of qualifying activities include, but may not be limited to new and improved:

    • traffic signals
    • advanced traffic management systems (ATMS)
    • variable message signs (VMS)
    • area-wide traffic control systems
    • local area traffic management schemes (LATMS), including speed control devices and threshold treatments
    • ramp metering
    • surveillance devices
    • traffic monitoring equipment, such as closed-circuit television systems
    • weighing facilities owned by a road controlling authority and/or operated as a weight surveillance facility
    • stock-truck effluent disposal facilities (refer to stock effluent facilities policy)
    • rail level crossing warning devices
    • for local road projects, property purchase costs of  less than $500,000.

    You can discuss with the Transport Agency whether other potential activities not listed above might also be eligible for inclusion in this work category.

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Rail level crossing warning devices

The Transport Agency expects that the relevant rail track authority and the road controlling authority will share equally the costs of improving rail level crossing warning devices.

Where, under a deed of grant by the relevant rail track authority, the road controlling authority is required to pay the full cost of upgrade, this cost is accepted for funding assistance from the National Land Transport Fund (NLTF).

An invoice from the relevant rail track authority must back up claims for funding assistance.

Funding assistance rate

The usual funding assistance rate (FAR) is:

For stock effluent facilities improvements FARs, refer to the Transport Agency's stock effluent facilities policy.

Rail level crossing warning devices improvements were funded at 100% for the 2015–18 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP).  For the 2018–21 NLTP , level crossings are funded as follows:

  1. Approved activities which continue into the next NLTP will still receive 100% FAR.
  2. Activities which are in the agreed (2017)  schedule of advanced works will either:
    1. if approved in 2017/18, get funding approved for the WHOLE amount (ie no 3rd party funding from KiwiRail) at 100% FAR
    2. if approved in the 2018-21 NLTP, be shown in Transport Investment Online (TIO) with the WHOLE cost third party funded by KiwiRail (ie no NLTF or local funding).
  3. From 2018/19 onwards, any level crossing improvements which are not in the agreed schedule of advanced works will get the approved organisation's normal FAR for its share of the cost (which will depend on the deed of grant). Note that most (or all) level crossing activities are expected to cost less than $1 million, and can be added to the  approved organisation's low cost, low risk programme.

Applying for funding approval

Applications for funding approval of proposed projects should be made through the improvement activity module in Transport Investment Online(external link) (TIO). To be eligible for NLTF funding, any new activity must be added to the relevant regional land transport plan (RLTP) and to the NLTP.

End-of-year carryover

TIO will automatically carry over the unspent allocation every year.  It is vital that approved organisations and the Transport Agency (state highways) declare as surplus any unused allocation for completed projects by making a cost scope adjustment via the reviews module in TIO.