So in terms of service levels, what I thought I’d look at. This is the New Zealand… I don’t know if you’ve heard of One Network Road Classification. Those of you who have done any work in transportation will know about it.
So the way that you manage roads generally is you set up a hierarchy from hey, it’s a really important road, an interstate or a major national highway in overseas, or what we call the expressways, the motorways here in Auckland down to the gravel road that goes into a farm or couple of farms.
And we have these hierarchies in New Zealand but every single roading authority of what these 70 or plus the state highway network have their own variation on the hierarchy.
And we did some work about three or four years ago, there’s the thing called the Road Maintenance Task Force that the Minister of Transport organised. He wanted to know how it could save maintenance cost.
One of the things that came out of it was, none of us was on the same page even though we have some sort of similar hierarchy, everybody has a slightly different hierarchy and they have slightly different levels of service.
So the One Network Road Classification has been an attempt to bring all of New Zealand’s roads into the same classification and the same description.
So that then you can say, hey for this type of road, so this one here let’s say a primary collector. Anywhere in New Zealand, there should be the same sort of road and at the end of the day, with a bit of variation have the same sort of service levels.
And this has been causing a lot of angst at the moment as we transition in the New Zealand transportation industry because everybody goes, oh they can take my money off me. Yep, probably. And all of the money are going to go to Auckland. Yep, that’s probably true as well.
So the thing is people have been stressing about this – but we’ve got this hierarchy now. So we got national roads, and then we have regional, arterials, primary collector, secondary collector and access.
And so it’s around the number of traffics, ordinary traffics, around heavy traffic. It’s around pedestrians. It’s around traffic movements per day and the whole of that.
So, these factors we go across here, you put your road in a hierarchy like that.