Canterbury’s transport needs are co-funded through a partnership between central and local government. Requests for funding support from central government are outlined in the Canterbury Regional Land Transport Plan (PDF File, 3.39MB).

The priorities in the plan reflect regional, national and international challenges and trends. The programmes and projects in it are the regional responses to these challenges and include specific actions for Canterbury’s regional, city and district councils and the NZ Transport Agency (external link) .

Canterbury Regional Transport Committee

The Canterbury Regional Transport Committee comprises representatives from agencies who put forward activities to be included in the Canterbury Regional Land Transport Plan. Responsibility for delivering activities in the plan rests with the proposing agency. The committee monitors implementation.

As well as producing the Canterbury Regional Land Transport Plan, the committee advises Environment Canterbury on transport issues and advocates for legislative and policy changes at a national level. Minutes and agendas from committee meetings are available here.

Click here to view the Committee’s Terms of Reference.

More information about the Committee is provided in Environment Canterbury’s Briefing to the Incoming Committee.

Committee member organisations

  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ashburton District Council
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Hurunui District Council
  • Kaikōura District Council
  • Mackenzie District Council
  • Selwyn District Council
  • Timaru District Council
  • Waimakariri District Council
  • Waimate District Council
  • Department of Conservation
  • NZ Transport Agency

Funding for programmes and projects in the Canterbury Regional Land Transport Plan is provided from territorial authority rates and through the Government’s National Land Transport Fund, which is made up of road user charges and fuel taxes. It feeds into the National Land Transport Programme (external link) , which the NZ Transport Agency prepares.

Review of the Canterbury Regional Land Transport Plan

The Regional Transport Committee is currently reviewing the Canterbury Regional Land Transport Plan, as part of a mid-term statutory review of the Plan required by the Land Transport Management Act 2003. More information will be made available about this review in due course.

South Island Regional Transport Committee Chairs Group

The Chair of the Canterbury Regional Transport Committee is a member of the South Island Regional Transport Committee Chairs Group. Environment Canterbury is currently the secretariat for this Group. Information about the Group, including the Charter of Collaboration, can be found here.

The Canterbury Regional Transport Committee has agreed to support the work of this Group and this is reflected in the Committee’s terms of reference.

Report commissioned by Environment Canterbury - Harnessing the potential of data for Canterbury's tourism and transport networks.

Environment Canterbury, on the region’s behalf, commissioned a report to identify gaps where collecting or improving the quality of, or access to existing data could lead to a better evidence base on which decisions can be made about investment in Canterbury’s transport network, as well as tourism infrastructure and other services to support the visitor experience. Click here to view the report. 

Road safety

Statistics provided by the NZ Transport Agency help us determine the state of road safety in Canterbury.