Parliament

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

 

Labour must act on roads report

Labour must act on roads report

The Allen Consulting Group’s report on roads is a wake-up call for action and a blueprint for the path ahead, says National’s Transport spokesman, Maurice Williamson.

“The time for talk is over. This report supports the view that huge benefits will be gained by pushing on urgently with key roading projects, and it is clear the Government must move now.”

The report also shows there is room for a blend of private and public investment in roading.

“If we can sort out our roading infrastructure, we will boost economic growth, reduce congestion, be friendly to the environment and, in the long-term, reduce the tax paid by motorists,” Mr Williamson says. “Unlike most other areas of policy, the Government could have a win-win-win by listening to these findings.

“This report shows we can no longer afford to evaluate and fund our roading projects on a piecemeal, bit-by-bit basis. The current system makes it impossible to evaluate the extensive flow-on benefits to the wider economy.

“A ‘whole of project’ approach to funding, as advocated by the report, makes it possible to identify the full benefits of the investments,” Mr Williamson says.

“The four major projects studied by Allen Consulting will all eventually be built under the current “pay as you go” scheme, but this report shows what massive gains could be made by front-end loading the funding through infrastructure bonds and completing these projects early, by 2012.

“National believes the report’s recommendations are well overdue for implementation. We identified the need to reform the way our roads are funded back in the late nineties,” Mr Williamson says.

National is committed to completing Auckland’s roading network and other large projects around the country.

As well, the RMA and the LTMA desperately need amending to be more conducive to building infrastructure more rapidly.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods (is the dollar up or down?) the outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country... More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Submissions Summary: The People's Commission On Public Media

This Summary is a preliminary report from the People’s Commission. It brings together views and aspirations of the hundreds of people who made submissions, attended public meetings, filled out the online survey and made speeches to our Panel. More>>

Housing Plans: Protest Over Ihumatao Development

Ihumatao in Mangere, next to the airport in Auckland, holds the archaeological remains of 1000 years of food production; from when Maori first landed in the area, through to early European settler agriculture and right up until today. More>>

ALSO:

Negotiations: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word.. More>>

ALSO:

Contains Highly Colloquial Language: Your F**king Guide To Government Formation

The following message is in no way endorsed by the Electoral Commission. They are f**king done with this election. More>>

NZ Emissions Up 50% 1990-2013: Report Confirms CLimate Change Impacting NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: Inland Revenue Steps Back From Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election