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


ACT launches Transmission Gully policy

ACT launches Transmission Gully policy

Heather Roy Friday, 3 June 2005 - Transport

A final decision on the future of Transmission Gully must be made now, Wellington-based ACT MPs Heather Roy and Stephen Franks said today in announcing their party’s Wellington transport policy.

The MPs released the policy in conjunction with a visit to the Paremata roundabout, the scene of frequent traffic delays for motorists leaving Wellington in peak hour and holiday weekends.

“Wellington needs to know now exactly when the terrible state of State Highway One will end. This stretch of road has been closed four times in the last 18 months by the vagaries of the weather, not to mention the many times it has been closed for long periods due to accidents,” Mrs Roy said.

“This serious roading problem has been tossed backwards and forwards throughout this government’s six years in office. Our region has the political representation of four Cabinet Ministers, two Labour backbenchers and the leader of a Labour-supporting party, who have all taken Wellington voters for granted”.

“It’s unacceptable that Wellingtonians are still waiting for a decision on the proposed motorway after all these years. The region needs political action, not political apathy,” Mrs Roy said.

Mr Franks said: “For ACT the first step must be a conclusive geo- technical and engineering assessment to find out whether engineering constraints rule out Transmission Gully. Decisions have been deferred for years always by people claiming to ‘need more information’.

“The geo-technical assessment would be followed closely by an authoritative, independent and definitive report on the costs and benefits of building the motorway. That should be completed by the end of 2006.

“The final step would be a firm decision, within six months of that report, on whether to proceed with the Transmission Gully option. This would include a timetable for the construction of the motorway if the decision is to proceed.

“ACT would reform Labour’s useless law for private-public partnerships so that the private sector could be involved in the financing and construction of Transmission Gully.

“With dithering and buck passing and petty politicking over essential public services we New Zealanders are telling ourselves that everything is too complex and too hard. We were once a ‘can do’ intensely practical people.

Today we are ruled by nannies and their lawyers, the RMA their happy feeding ground. I want to see a conclusive decision because of the symbolic importance of supporting the Wellington communities that have clearly said they wants action not words. Let us get moving. The Aucklanders can stay stewing in indecision and hand wringing if that is what they vote for,” Mr Franks said.

Both MPs promised: “ACT doesn’t equivocate. We will fast track a final decision on Transmission Gully. No more excuses for procrastination”.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news