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

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sits at 10.30am today before MPs are summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber.

The speech delivered by the Governor-General on the Government’s behalf outlines its priorities for this Parliament.

After this MPs will return to the House for the presentation of petitions and papers and the introduction of any bills.

The Government has five notices of motion on the Order Paper which can be debated. These relate to relating to the appointment of the Deputy Speaker, Assistant Speakers, the reinstatement of business in a carryover motion and one on “Entities to be deemed public organisations”. More>>

 

Tertiary Education: Students Doing It Tough As Fees Rise Again

The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. More>>

ALSO:

Housing, Iraq: PM Press Conference – 20 October 2014

Prime Minister John Key met with press today to discuss:
• Housing prices and redevelopment in Auckland
• Discussions with Tony Abbott on the governmental response to ISIS, and New Zealand’s election to the UN Security Council More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Review Team Named, Leadership Campaign Starts

Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban.

ALSO:


Roy Morgan Poll: National Slips, Labour Hits Lows

The first New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll since the NZ Election shows National 43.5% (down 3.54% since the September 20 Election). This isn’t unusual, National support has dropped after each of John Key’s Election victories... However, support for the main opposition Labour Party has crashed to 22.5% (down 2.63% and the lowest support for Labour since the 1914 NZ Election as United Labour). More>>

ALSO:

In On First Round: New Zealand Wins Security Council Seat

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed New Zealand securing a place on the United Nations Security Council for the 2015-16 term. More>>

ALSO:

TPP Leak: Intellectual Property Text Confirms Risk - Jane Kelsey

The US is continuing its assault on generic medicines through numerous proposed changes to patent laws. ‘These are bound to impact on Pharmac if they are accepted’, according to Professor Kelsey... Copyright is another area of ongoing sensitivity... More>>

ALSO:

RMA: Smith Plans Reform To Ease Urban Development

Newly appointed Environment Minister Nick Smith has announced Resource Management Act reform to foster urban development, where high land prices and expensive resource consents are blocking efforts to provide affordable housing. More>>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On New Zealand getting involved (again) in other people's wars

Apparently, the Key government is still pondering how New Zealand will contribute to the fight against Islamic State. Long may it ponder, given the lack of consensus among our allies as to how to fight IS, where to fight it (Syria, Iraq, or both?) and with whose ground troops, pray tell? More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On child poverty, and David Shearer’s latest outburst

The politicisation of (a) the public service and (b) the operations of the Official Information Act have been highlighted by the policy advice package on child poverty that RNZ’s resolute political editor Brent Edwards has finally prised out of the Ministry of Social Development. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On the government’s review of security laws

So the Key government is about to launch a four week review of the ability of our existing legislation to deal with “suspected and returning foreign terrorist fighters, and other violent extremists.”

According to its terms of reference, the review will consider whether the SIS, GCSB and Police are sufficiently able right now to (a) investigate and monitor suspected and returning foreign terrorist fighters… More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news