Transmission Gully, good news for Wellington
30 October 2013Transmission Gully, good news for Wellington
Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce welcomes the announcement today by Prime Minister John Key that construction work on Transmission Gully will begin next year.
“This is great news,” says Chamber CEO Raewyn Bleakley.
“It is a major step on the way to Wellington and the region getting a transport solution fit for the 21st century.”
Mr Key made the announcement to more than 600 Chamber members and guests at a sold-out luncheon in the Deloitte Lounge at Westpac Stadium.
Raewyn Bleakley says that when Transmission Gully is combined with other improvements on the Levin-to-airport highway – including the Basin flyover and the second Mt Victoria tunnel – the local economy will really begin to realise its potential.
“Having a safe and basically earthquake-resilent route in and through the city, coupled with significant time savings off the trip during the morning peak, and reducing the number of accidents, will be a major boost for the local economy.
“The Government is to be congratulated for advancing this project.”
Raewyn Bleakley also welcomed details of incubator fund support for the innovation and ICT sectors, announced today.
“The ICT sector is a big and very successful part of the Wellington economy, and I know the people working in it will be gratified to hear details of these funds.
“I can only imagine how many people are out there with more great ideas just waiting for the sort of kick-start this will bring, and we look forward to seeing them take up the opportunity.
“These are two pieces of great news for Wellington.”