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

 


Newmarket Viaduct Replacement completed


Hon Gerry Brownlee
Minister of Transport

15 March 2013 Media Statement



Newmarket Viaduct Replacement completed

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says the formal completion today of the Newmarket Viaduct Replacement Project marks a key milestone in the Government’s long-term strategy to improve transport connections in Auckland and grow the region’s economy.

“We recognise Auckland’s pivotal role as the economic powerhouse of New Zealand and our transport investment is helping us meet some of our key economic objectives to make it easier for freight and people to travel with more reliability and with greater safety,” Mr Brownlee said.

A total of $3.4 billion is being invested in the Auckland region’s transport system between 2012/15 through the National Land Transport Programme alone, including $1.6 billion for state highways, $968 million for local roads and $890 million for public transport.

Mr Brownlee and Prime Minister John Key joined officials from the NZTA, the NGA Newmarket alliance team responsible for the viaduct replacement, civic and community leaders and iwi at a ceremony to mark the official completion of the project.

“Today’s ceremony also marks the completion of a wider transport milestone for Auckland – the end of more than a decade of staged improvements through the city’s Central Motorway Junction,” Mr Brownlee says.

“The $244 million Newmarket project marks the southern end of the Central Motorway Junction – the busiest section of motorway in New Zealand. At its northern end is the Victoria Park Tunnel, which opened in late 2011 – the first of the Government’s Roads of National Significance to be completed.

“In between both are a host of other motorway improvements. Combined, they provide much better transport connections around and through Auckland improving traffic flows between State Highways 1 and 16 and ensuring freight can move a lot more efficiently in out of Auckland’s main container port.

“Removing the old viaduct at Newmarket and constructing a new one with only a minimum of disruption to traffic on the Southern Motorway (SH1) is a remarkable achievement of engineering and innovation. But completion of this amazing project is not the end of the story.”

Just a few kilometres west of the Newmarket Viaduct, work is gathering momentum on another of our Roads of National Significance – the Western Ring Route and its two big highway programmes, the Waterview Connection and the Causeway Upgrade Project, raising and widening the Northwestern Motorway (SH16) causeway.

“When these related projects are completed in about four years, State Highway 1 will no longer be the sole motorway corridor through Auckland. The Western Ring Route will provide a 47 kilometre-long alternative and make freight and people connections to and from Auckland International Airport a lot easier,” Mr Brownlee says.

“Importantly, both the Western Ring Route and State Highway will add much needed resilience to Auckland’s transport network and give freight operations, coach companies and those who travel by car added journey reliability.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

TV3 Videos: Key's Flip-Flop Over Whale Oil Texts | Slater
Reaction: Greens | More
Dim-Post Link: The Very Odd Slightly Left Of Centre

Gordon Campbell: On Government Arrogance

Right now, National is ramming anti-terrorism measures through Parliament. This legislation will grant the SIS the power to carry out 48 hour bouts of surveillance on anyone without a warrant, and will bestow on government the power to unilaterally revoke anyone’s passports and thus deny them the freedom to travel.

Ludicrously, the public has been given exactly one day to make submissions on these major infringements of their civil liberties. Despite Finlayson’s misleading signals on RNZ that these are only stopgaps until next year’s full review of our security laws, the measures in question will not, in fact, expire until 2018.

Why the insane rush? Good question. More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Key Texts With Whale Oil Released: PM Can’t Be Trusted Over Dirty Politics Defence - Greens

John Key’s answers to questions about dirty politics can’t be trusted, after he was forced to admit that he had misled journalists and Parliament about contact with attack blogger Cameron Slater, said the Green Party today.. More>>

ALSO:

Temporary Release Crackdown Continues: Corrections Review Of Phillip Smith Case

“The review by Corrections’ Chief Custodial Officer reveals that the plan for Smith’s series of temporary releases was overly ambitious and misinformed. He’s a highly manipulative and deceptive person who although technically eligible, should not have been considered for temporary release." More>>

ALSO:

White Ribbon Day: Govt Resumes Sexual Violence Trial Proceedings Work

Justice Minister Amy Adams has asked the Law Commission to resume work on proposals for better supporting victims of sexual violence through the criminal process. The Law Commission will revisit its previous work on alternative pre-trial and trial processes to identify options for improving complainants’ experience in court. More>>

ALSO:

"New Faces, Wise Heads": Andrew Little Announces New Labour Line Up

Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Rick Ellis As Te Papa’s New CEO

The recent appointment of former TVNZ boss Rick Ellis to head Te Papa has copped a fair bit of criticism. Much of it has been inspired by the suspicion that Ellis has been hired to pursue the same purely commercial goals as he did at TVNZ, while similarly neglecting the serious cultural side of his mandate. More>>

Passport Cancellation, Surveillance: Draft 'Foreign Fighters Legislation' Released

The final draft of the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill contains proposals previously announced by Mr Key in a major national security speech earlier this month. More>>

ALSO:

Related

Joint Statement: Establishment Of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news