Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Complete SH20 Avondale Link by Christmas 2012

Complete SH20 Avondale Link by Christmas 2012

The New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development commends Auckland City's decision to support Transit's preferred alignment for the Avondale link, but says the project should be completed in by Christmas 2012.

"That allows up to three years for design and consent and four years for construction", says NZCID chief executive, Stephen Selwood.

"The fact is that much larger projects in Australia are being completed even more quickly than this."

"Sydney's 40km Westlink Motorway which opens today, eight months earlier than planned, has taken just three and a half years to build." *

"NZCID considers that completion of Auckland's Western Ring Route is an issue of national importance and needs to be treated as a national priority."

"A recent study undertaken by The Allen Consulting Group calculated that in 2012 the total benefit to the economy, likely to result from the Auckland western ring road package, is $838 million annually." **

"Conversely, that means every year of delay costs the New Zealand economy $838 million."

"It will require tolls and a special hearings process under the RMA, but, given the necessary leadership and political will, there is no reason why this vital link could not be built by the end of 2012."

"If the Aussies can do it, so can we." Mr Selwood said.

*The $A 1.5 billion toll road built by the private sector costs just 29 cents per kilometre to drive. Motorists travelling on the Westlink M7 can avoid up to 48 sets of traffic lights and save significant amounts of time. Traffic congestion on local roads will be eased as the Westlink M7 becomes the major freight north / south corridor for Sydney...for further information see links below:


**The Benefits of Investing in New Zealand's Road Network, The Allen Consulting Group, August 2004, p40


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news