The AA have welcomed the government’s decision to provide additional funding to revitalise road maintenance across the country.
In a recent National Land Transport funding announcement, the Minister of Transport acknowledged that government was concerned about roads deteriorating.
“Well maintained roads are safer roads,” says AA motoring affairs general manager Mike Noon. “The extra investment will bring safety benefits now and in the future.”
Improving road maintenance is the number one action that the AA has called on government to take in recent times.
For the last four years, AA Members have ranked road surface quality (such as potholes) as their greatest transport concern in the annual surveying the association undertakes. This issue ranked ahead of other transport concerns such as congestion, speed, parking and road policing.
“Roads need regular repairs and renewal to keep them at the standard they should be,” says Mike. “There simply hasn’t been enough funding to do that for many years, and the public has noticed our state highways and local roads becoming more difficult and more dangerous to drive on.”
It is hoped the increase in funding will ease some of the pressure rising costs have put on Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and result in more maintenance work.
“This further investment in road maintenance makes sense in terms of safety and can provide an economic boost as we come out of lockdown,” says Mike.
“Road maintenance projects deliver excellent value for money. They’re needed up and down the country and they can start without delay. Investment in road maintenance creates jobs, improves road safety and delivers transport benefits that really matter to our communities.”