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Report on Transmission Gully should be the last

Mark Blumsky, Nathan Guy & Chris Finlayson
National MPs for Transmission Gully

09 March 2006

Report on Transmission Gully should be the last

The National Party's Wellington-based MPs are challenging Wellington-based Labour MPs to back the recommendations in the Transit-Greater Wellington regional council hearing sub-committee report into Transmission Gully. "There are now very high expectations by the public in the Wellington region that Transmission Gully will be built. Labour's Wellington MPs need to hop off the fence and get the rest of their Labour colleagues on board," says Mark Blumsky.

"The signals from the Government can't leave the Regional Land Transport Committee or Transit New Zealand in any doubt as to the political consensus on Transmission Gully," Mr Blumsky says.

"This report confirms the gully route is the best option for solving our transport problems. It shows it has overwhelming support from people in the greater Wellington region," says National's Otaki-based MP Nathan Guy.

"Labour's Wellington MPs have been less than clear on whether they support the gully option. They need to explain where they actually stand," says Mr Guy.

National's Chris Finlayson agrees that Transmission Gully is affordable.

"The committee says a sensibly modified Transmission Gully could be built for less than $1 billion. This is substantially less than previously thought," Mr Finlayson says.

"The MPs for Transmission Gully lobby group believes this should be the last report on the issue. The gully route has got a clear green light from a committee which has considered all the technical issues, funding issues and the community response. Let's build Transmission Gully now - it is already decades late," say the three National MPs.

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