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Investigation of Gully Route key to funding

8 June, 2006

Investigation of Gully Route key to funding

The Regional Land Transport Committee discussed today when it should approach the Government about uncertainties in the funding for the Transmission Gully project.

“I asked the Committee to discuss this issue because the announcement in the Budget of $80 million in new funding for the investigation and preliminary design work on the project raises the question of when we should approach government,” said Greater Wellington Regional Council Chairman Ian Buchanan.

Ian Buchanan said it made sense to wait until the investigation and design work had been done, before approaching Government ministers about any funding shortfall.

“We will go directly to Ministers when we have solid and reliable information available. Until this work is done we won’t know the nature of any funding gap and therefore it would be difficult to approach government to discuss that issue. Once the information is available we can put a reasonable case to Government.”

Ian Buchanan said that the commitment of funding for investigation and design was a major step forward for the project.

“In the last few months the region has achieved major progress on this project. Government is funding $80 million for the vital preparatory stages, and this funding is in addition to the $405 million already approved for the building of the motorway.”

The Committee agreed that it would defer an approach to Government, and would monitor progress on the investigations through progress reports from the team led by Transit New Zealand.

ENDS

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