Road funding under pressure

The Queenstown Lakes District Council's transport committee has been told "don't get your hopes up" for extra road funding by the New Zealand Transport Agency.

Transport manager Denis Mander attended an NZTA presentation in Dunedin recently and was told the agency was under pressure over funding.

This has already meant the NZTA decision not to fund several projects on QLDC's list, such as the Mt Aspiring Rd seal widening, the Wanaka North Western corridor design project and the Malaghans Rd reconstruction.

A review is being undertaken by NZTA officers of why these projects were not funded.

Mr Mander said the Dunedin presentation reiterated many of the messages already received from NZTA.

However, the agency did signal its intention to provide greater flexibility for road controlling authorities such as QLDC to manage their funding allocations.

This would include the possibility of being able to shift funding between work categories instead of it being locked within activity classes.