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Too little, too late for Newmarket Viaduct

Maurice Williamson MP
National Party Transport Spokesman

3 October 2008

Too little, too late for Newmarket Viaduct

Labour's commitment to starting the Newmarket Viaduct project as early as next month is too little, too late, says National's Transport spokesman, Maurice Williamson.

"This critical link in Auckland's roading network has been overlooked by Labour for years. It has had several false-starts and delays and now suddenly it becomes a priority just five weeks out from a general election.

"Labour announced funding for an investigation into replacing the Viaduct in 2002. Then it promised that new construction would start in 2007/08.

"Further delays then put construction back to 2009/10. Now, miraculously, Helen Clark says the New Zealand Transport Agency has decided to release funds for the project and that construction can start as early as next month.

"Over the past nine years, New Zealanders have heard countless roading promises from this Labour Government and far too many of them have been re-announced and re-cooked for purely political purposes.

"When the Prime Minister thinks that starting construction six years after formally investigating the project is an early start, it becomes clear why Auckland transport is such a mess.

"The people of Auckland will see through this. They've waited six long years for a firm commitment to this project and will consider today's announcement too little, too late."


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