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Council looking at Western Corridor report

8 March 2006

Council looking at detail in Western Corridor report

The report by the Western Corridor Hearing Sub-Committee released today requires detailed examination, Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast says.

“It is an interesting report and the hearing sub-committee gave a strong and comprehensive presentation on its findings. Wellington City Council needs time to look at and consider the points that have been raised.

Ms Prendergast says what the Council will be looking at is the underlying arguments put forward.

“The report is substantial and after taking four months to produce deserves detailed analysis. That is why at the moment I am not in a position to directly respond to the conclusions that have been reached.

“What I can say is there appear to be a number of significant findings. First, the report rightly raises the issue of resilience and reliability. We now need to look at how these findings have been reached and on what information they were based.

“Secondly, the report raises the issue of the impact of the proposed Coastal route upgrade on the community and the coastal environment. Again we need to look at how the report came to those conclusions and how it justifies its findings as being consistent with international best practice.

“Thirdly, we need to understand the funding model that has been applied and the arguments put forward in changing New Zealand’s current funding criteria.

“Finally, we need to understand the implications of using the $500 million of funding for Transmission Gully in years 11 to 20 and whether that means there will be no money left for other roading projects in the region.”

ENDS

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