27 Jul 2011

Industry body fears road maintenance budget too small

8:38 pm on 27 July 2011

A roading industry body says it fears the state of roads could worsen under a new transport plan.

In the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport Funding the money available for renewing and maintaining local roads and highways will rise by a modest amount over the next 10 years.

Roading New Zealand chief executive Chris Olsen says the small increases won't keep pace with inflation and the result could be roads that aren't maintained or renewed as often.

Alongside the transport plan, the government has established a task force to push for value for money in the sector.

Mr Olsen says while he supports the task force, it's too early to tell how much can be saved and whether it will be enough to prevent a gradual deterioration of the roads.