Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Work on Upper Harbour Corridor Begins


Work on Upper Harbour Corridor Begins

Early work on the Upper Harbour Corridor was celebrated today as Minister of Transport Paul Swain and North Shore mayor George Wood placed the first survey pegs for the second Upper Harbour Bridge section of the Upper Harbour Corridor project.

Once completed, the 12 kilometre four-lane corridor will link the Northwest Motorway to the Albany Highway though the suburbs of Hobsonville and Greenhithe. It will also extend the Northwest Motorway by 3 km.

"There are currently 2,460 vehicles over the existing Upper Harbour Bridge in peak hour, and 27,400 a day," said Mr Swain. " Because this bridge and this route are at capacity, the peak periods are getting longer. Twenty years ago there were 550 vehicles an hour on the bridge.

"As well as catering for the increase in traffic between Waitakere and North Shore, the corridor will be a critical part of the Western Ring route, which will provide an alternate route to State Highway 1 through the Auckland region.

"The Auckland regions' traffic problem is a drain on the whole country's economy and this government has shown it is determined to tackle the problem," said Mr Swain. "By changing the criteria on which roads are funded we are making more money available to Auckland to make up for the under-funding, which the region has suffered from over the past decade.

"However it's not just about roads. This government is taking a more balanced approach to solving the city's transport problems as illustrated by its decision to purchase the rail tracks in Auckland. By getting more people and freight on trains we can ease the pressure on the regions' roads."

Mr Swain emphasised that the second Upper Harbour Bridge project was not just for cars. "There will be a 3.6m wide cycle-way and walkway to the north of the bridge," he said.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news