Parliament

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

 

Freight study a ringing endorsement of RoNS

Hon Gerry Brownlee
Minister of Transport

13 March 2014

Freight study a ringing endorsement of RoNS

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says the National Freight Demand Study 2014, released today, is a ringing endorsement of the Government’s work programme to future proof roading networks in New Zealand’s most populous regions and their linkages to strategic ports.

“Put simply the National Freight Demand Study 2014 says the $12 billion investment in the Roads of National Significance couldn’t have come at a better time,” Mr Brownlee says.

The study provides a snapshot of New Zealand’s current freight task and a forecast of what New Zealand’s future freight task will look like over the next 30 years. Mr Brownlee says the freight task is substantial and growing.

“This year around 236 million tonnes of freight will be moved around New Zealand.

“For each member of the population, this is the equivalent of about 50 tonnes of freight moved on their behalf, and the pressure this puts on the transport system is enormous.

“But the important thing to note is New Zealand’s freight task is projected to increase by about 50 per cent over the next 30 years, with tonnage in the Auckland and Canterbury regions projected to grow by 78 per cent and 73 per cent respectively,” Mr Brownlee says.

Strong tonnage growth is also predicted in other regions, showing the case for improving transport infrastructure linking major population centres with inland and coastal ports is very strong, Mr Brownlee says.

“Let’s not forget Labour and the Greens would put a halt to this much needed progress, by axing an improved state highway link between Auckland to the north, and leaving Wellington with 1950s infrastructure by cancelling Transmission Gully and the rest of the rest of the Wellington Northern Corridor road of National Significance.”

The study gives government and freight operators an understanding of the commodity mix, volumes and flows of freight across New Zealand.

“Efficient movement of freight and understanding the drivers of future demand is critical to help determine what infrastructure and support we need over the next 30 years,” Mr Brownlee says.

“This study provides useful information for planning at both a nationwide and regional level.”

For more information visit: www.transport.govt.nz/research/nationalfreightdemandsstudy/

For more information on the Roads of National Significance visit: www.nzta.govt.nz/network/rons/

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The EU’s Beef With Google

There’s every indication that Google would be on a losing wicket if it chooses to fight the European Union competition watchdogs, who have just levied a $3.3 billion fine on the firm – with the prospect of worse to come if Google doesn’t quickly change the anti-competitive practices at the heart of a court battle that’s been seven years in the making.

Essentially, the case involved Google’s alleged abuse of the stranglehold it enjoys on the online advertising associated with its search activities. More>>

 
 

Legislation: Point England Housing Bill Passed

The passage of the Point England Development Enabling Bill through Parliament this evening will benefit Auckland with additional housing, help resolve Ngāti Paoa’s Treaty claim and improve the local environment and recreation facilities, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith says. More>>

ALSO:

Cyberducation: Digital Curriculum Launch And Funding Package

Consultation on new digital technologies content for the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, the Māori-medium Curriculum, was launched today by Education Minister Nikki Kaye. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Red Socks And Secret Tapes

Prime Minister Bill English began his post-cabinet press conference by explaining how well the National Party's annual conference went. He also mentioned today's announcement of changes to the EQC disaster insurance legislation and wished Emirates Team New Zealand well in the America's Cup. More>>

Max Rashbrooke: On How To Make Government More Open

International surveys, while often complimentary, have also pinpointed major weaknesses: political donations are badly regulated, for instance, and appointments to government boards frequently go to those with strong political connections. More>>

In Court: Hamilton Student's Lawsuit Over Climate Change Policy

A law student from Hamilton is preparing to challenge the Government in the High Court on Monday over what she says is a “failure” to properly address climate change. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Fallout From The Barclay Tape

This is hardly a case of cleaning out your desk and being turfed out onto the pavement. As others have pointed out, the disgraced Clutha-Southland MP will remain on the public payroll for three months until the election, and for three months afterwards. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog