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Dunne welcomes the voice of the people - again

Media statement

For immediate release

Monday, 7 November 2005

Dunne welcomes the voice of the people - again

Ohariu-Belmont MP, Peter Dunne, today applauded the results of a UMR Research poll which shows seventy percent of all people living in Wellington, the Hutt Valley and Porirua City support the building of the Transmission Gully Motorway.

"Yet again, the commonsense people of the region have shown they clearly understand the problem and the best long-term solution," he said.

"Transit, the Wellington City Council and various other local body politicians can wriggle and squirm all they like - the people have spoken loudly and clearly and it's long past time they were listened to."

The survey was conducted by UMR Research on the 28 and 29 of October and

involved the random selection of 300 people aged 18 and over. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.7%.

According to the Gully Action Group, the main reasons for supporting the Transmission Gully Motorway were:

* It is necessary to relieve traffic congestion and delays;

* Two roads are better than one;

* The Coastal Route is dangerous;

* The Coastal Route will not get resource consents;

* Transmission Gully won't impact on existing communities, the Coastal Route would;

* Transmission Gully is the most cost effective in the long run;

* The Coastal Route will ruin the environment.

"The popular will is there; the political will at central government level is there; it's time for action, "said Mr Dunne.



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