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Otago and Southland's transport systems will get a $986 million boost over the next three years, Transport Minister Phil Twyford has announced.
The NZ Transport Agency this afternoon published details of the planned investment in the region's transport as part of a $16.9 billion national package.
Mr Twyford said the investment planned for Otago and Southland over the next three years marked a 52% increase compared with the previous edition of the three-yearly National Land Transport Programme (NLTP).
"Safety is a top priority for the government. We will invest $211 million in Otago and Southland on programmes and projects that will help save lives and reduce the number of serious injuries.
"This level of investment in road safety in Otago and Southland, 22% of the total planned investment for the region, reflects the importance which the Government places on keeping all New Zealanders safe on the roads.''
The Government was putting a "much stronger'' focus on regional investment and providing "significant increases'' in funding for public transport, local road improvements, road safety and walking and cycling facilities, he said.
"Investment through the NLTP will contribute to a land transport system for Otago and Southland that will be safer and easier for people to use, supporting tourism and economic expansion, and keeping communities connected.''