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Peters Renews Calls For Govt To Fund Tauranga Brid

27 July 2005

Peters Renews Calls For Govt To Fund Tauranga Bridge

New Zealand First is calling on the government to urgently designate Tauranga’s Harbour Link Bridge a state highway and fund it from the National Land Transport Fund.

New Zealand First leader and Tauranga MP, Rt Hon Winston Peters, asked the Transport Minister in the House today why the government had failed to address the issue and provide the funding for the bridge.

“To deny the bridge state highway status is nothing more than a confidence trick.

“The Tauranga Harbour Bridge connects two state highways which serve New Zealand’s foremost export port yet it is deemed a local road. This is both unbelievable and deceitful,” said Mr Peters.

“Transit’s executive management team recognised the bridge met all the criteria a long time ago and recommended it be designated a state highway, only to be over-ruled by Transit’s Board, on which the President of the Labour Party serves.

“It is nonsense to suggest that the Harbour Link Bridge shouldn’t be deemed a state highway. Clearly it meets all the criteria.

“This bridge cannot and should not have to wait for funding and neither should motorists be tolled.

“This highway has huge strategic importance in the service of the country’s major port and it calls for immediate government action to put the matter right,” concluded Mr Peters.

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