Harbour crossing decision welcomed by long time campaigner
Harbour crossing decision welcomed by
long time campaigner
Hibiscus and Bays Local Board member
Gary Holmes has today welcomed the announcement by Prime
Minister John Key that the Government will back the building
of an additional Waitemata Harbour Crossing.
who for years has campaigned for the urgent need for an
additional crossing, says that North Shore residents are
concerned about the "strategic vulnerability of relying on
one ageing and already inadequate transport route and that
the announcement will come as welcome relief to them.
“For years the North Shore has been far too reliant on
a single harbour crossing and the news that construction
could start in just over a decade provides certainty to
Auckland commuters and means that the existing bridge, which
is nothing short of a ticking time bomb” will get some
much needed relief”, Mr Holmes said.
“It is also
pleasing to note that the crossing will be via tunnels
rather than the imposition of another bridge structure.
"Admittedly the problems associated with financing the
construction and the potential social dislocation are
daunting, but the prospects of not making a responsible
effort to get it under way are far more disturbing."
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