Following a public consultation last year, Mr Key said that the measures would make the Department more pro-active in clearly identifying at draft development plan stage the proposals which are likely to affect trunk road traffic levels. The new measures will also allow developers the option of selecting their own design consultants and contractors to carry out the necessary road improvements. This is in line with the Department's policy on increasing private sector involvement in road financing and operation.
Commenting on the new initiatives, Mr Key said: 'When a developer wishes to bring about a new development which requires improvements to a trunk road, it is only fair that the developer, rather than the taxpayer should foot the bill.
'Our aims, stated in the public consultation last year and widely shared, are to provide developers as early as possible with information on whether trunk roads need to be improved or upgraded to cope with the increased traffic that the development will bring and the costs of the upgrading. We also aim to give developers freedom to choose their own design consultants and contractors to carry out the works and to ensure a swift and efficient service to developers in their dealings with the Department.'