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Transmission Gully contract right move

Transmission Gully contract right move

The Government’s announcement that a contract has been signed and work will begin in a few months on the Transmission Gully motorway north of Wellington is welcome news to the road freight industry, says the Road Transport Forum Chief Executive Officer Ken Shirley.

“Using a Private Public Partnership is a sound way to augment the National Land Transport Programme funding and ensures this critical piece of infrastructure is built in a timely manner. As a major link into and out of the capital and to the South Island the new route is essential for the freight task, will gnificantly improve travel times and consistency of service and will provide much needed resilience.”

Mr Shirley says that the heavy vehicles used by commercial freight operators are more than capable of handling the one stretch of steep gradient on the Transmission Gully route. “Some people have been spreading the misconception that heavy vehicles won’t be able to climb parts of the new road. The reality is that the entire route will be no steeper than Ngauranga Gorge out of Wellington which trucks of all descriptions routinely use every day.”


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