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


Next step for Clifford Bay ferry terminal

1 November 2012

Media Statement

Next step for Clifford Bay ferry terminal

The Government wants to further test the viability of a ferry terminal at Clifford Bay in Marlborough, Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced.

“Cabinet believes the business case we’ve been presented is strong enough to justify further testing the viability of this major change to New Zealand’s transport infrastructure,” Mr Brownlee says.

“I have asked the Ministry of Transport, along with the Treasury and the NZ Transport Agency to assemble a specialist project team to undertake this work.

“This group of officials and private sector experts will continue working through the complexities that are part and parcel of the business case and report back to the Government by the end of April next year.

“I expect that assumptions in the business case will be rigorously tested with key stakeholders.”

The Government is looking at the road and rail link between the North and South Islands from a national transport perspective and is interested in the long-term advantages that could be realised from having the ferry terminal at Clifford Bay rather than Picton.

Investigating a new ferry terminal at Clifford Bay is part of the Government’s wider infrastructure programme, which is set out in the Building Infrastructure progress report released today.

Mr Brownlee says the business case presented to Cabinet includes an analysis of the financial, economic, operational, and commercial viability of a ferry terminal at Clifford Bay versus the status quo.

“Much of the information in the business case is commercially sensitive and will affect ongoing discussions.

“I acknowledge the impact this process is having on a number of businesses in Marlborough but a lot of complex issues need to be worked through before a decision is made.

“I have discussed today’s news with some key stakeholders, including the Marlborough District Council, Port Marlborough, Strait Shipping, CentrePort, and KiwiRail’s Interislander to inform them of our decision to proceed to the next stage.

“They understand that this decision could potentially rewrite the transport map for the country, and that the Government is prepared to take the time required to make the right decision for New Zealand.”

A move to Clifford Bay could facilitate the use of larger cross-strait ships; reduce the journey time between Wellington and Christchurch by 80 minutes by ferry/road and 110 minutes by ferry/rail.

Other potential benefits include reduced fuel costs for road and rail transportation, rail and ferry maintenance cost savings, and reduced carbon emissions. Based on current estimates developing a ferry terminal at Clifford Bay would cost around $422 million.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Wellington.Scoop: Serco – First The Prisons, And Now It Wants To Run The Trains

As the government continues its inquiry into Serco’s discredited administration of Mt Eden prison in Auckland, here in Wellington there’s further scrutiny of the British outsourcing company – because it’s competing to take over the running of our commuter trains. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Countdown, And Mary Margaret O’Hara

To date, the Key government has been unwilling to share any information about this TPP deal until it is too late for outraged public opinion to affect the outcome... the disclosure process is likely to consist of a similarly skewed and careful exercise in spin. More>>


Australia Deportations: English Relaxed On Immigration Centre Conditions

Labour's Annette King: “There have been numerous reports from inside these detention centres on just how bad conditions are... If they were being held in any other foreign jail, I imagine Mr English would be somewhat concerned. More>>


Schools: Achievement-Based Funding Would Be A Disaster

The Education Minister’s speech to the PPTA Conference raising the spectre of achievement data driving a new funding system would be disastrous, says NZEI Te Riu Roa. More>>

  • Video Out-Link - PPTA Annual Conference 2015 on Livestream (Q+A dicussion suggests funding would be directed to less successful schools.)

  • ALSO:

    ECE Report:

    Key In NY: Prime Minister Addresses United Nations

    Prime Minister John Key has addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York, focusing on a call for action in Syria and on other conflicts, reform of the veto process and on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. More>>.


    Gordon Campbell: On The Lack Of Accountability Over Philip Smith

    In New Zealand, accountability is an exotic creature rarely glimpsed at ministerial level, or among senior management. The flight to Rio by the paedophile /murderer Philip John Smith/Traynor is no exception. More>>


    More On Corrections

    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news