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United Future breaks promise on roading

Hon Roger Sowry MP National Party Transport Spokesman

01 July 2003

United Future breaks promise on roading

The announcement that Transmission Gully will not be built in the next 10 years is a bitter blow for Wellington commuters and residents.

"What it has shown is that Peter Dunne's promise to back the Labour Government in return for their support of Transmission Gully was nothing more than blatant electioneering," says National Party Transport spokesman Roger Sowry.

"In May 2001 Mr Dunne was talking tough saying 'it's a shameful day for Wellington and people who have loyally supported the Labour Party over the years have every reason to be outraged at the way Labour has deserted Wellington on this issue'.

"He went further 'Wellingtonians want action not words on this issue'.

"Those assurances have turned out to be worthless.

"Transmission Gully now seems further away than ever, with the new legislation not even making it viable as a toll road," Mr Sowry says.

Meanwhile, Mr Sowry's applauding the Transfund decision to fund McKays Crossing in the 2004/05 year.

"This puts the work back on track, after it was derailed in January by the Government's decision to spend most of its road funding in Auckland.

"While it's frustrating to have to wait for up to another two years for this work, at least it is back on the timetable that was announced more than two years ago," Mr Sowry says.

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