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

 


Puhoi highway won't help Northland roads

25 July 2014

Puhoi highway won't help Northland roads

The draft decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to grant resource consent to the proposed $1.65 billion Puhoi motorway doesn’t stop it being a waste of money, the Green Party said today.

“The Puhoi motorway is an unnecessary waste of taxpayer money that does nothing to improve Northland's roads or reduce the cost of transporting people and goods,” Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter said.

“The project is actually in the Auckland Region and will only encourage more long distance commuting by car, worsening congestion. It's been named the Holiday Highway because the Government's own reports show it only carries significant numbers of vehicles on a few holiday weekends a year.

“There are far more pressing priorities that will improve road safety and make a real difference to Northland - like urgent maintenance and safety upgrades to SH1 north of Puhoi, improvements to Northland's regional roads, and the Marsden Point rail link.

“National are mismanaging the transport budget by cherry picking projects for political reasons, rather than taking an objective approach to what makes the most economic sense.

“They are ignoring the data showing vehicle use is in decline, while people look for more convenient bus and rail options and increasingly want to move freight by rail or sea to reduce petrol costs.

“People have turned against motorway spending.

“A poll this week showing people favoured public spending over roads by a four-to-one margin sent a clear message to the Government over its transport priorities - give us better public transport rather than more roads.

“The Puhoi to Wellsford route carries relatively few vehicles, less than 20,000 per day. In contrast, there are more than 40,000 passenger trips on Auckland rail each working day and the City Rail Link will double the network's capacity. The Holiday Highway will also be tolled.

“The Government should aim for best value for money from the transport budget. That means investing in Auckland's public transport system to decrease congestion, fixing SH1 now, and putting meaningful investment into Northland,” Ms Genter said.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Labour's 'Future Of Work': Major Reform Of Careers And Apprenticeships

The next Labour Government will transform careers advice in high schools to ensure every student has a personalised career plan, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

State Investments Management: Treasury Likes IRD, Not Education Or Corrections

The Inland Revenue Department has scored an 'A' in the first tranche of the Treasury's investor confidence rating for state agencies that manage significant Crown investments and assets, gaining greater autonomy as a result, while the Corrections and Education ministries gained a 'C' rating. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Goal: NZ To Be "Predator Free" By 2050

Prime Minister John Key has today announced the Government has adopted the goal of New Zealand becoming Predator Free by 2050... “That’s why we have adopted this goal. Our ambition is that by 2050 every single part of New Zealand will be completely free of rats, stoats and possums." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The IOC’s Treatment Of Russian Sport, And Lone Wolf Terrorism

A blanket ban on Russian athletes would also have exposed the IOC to criticism that its treatment of Russia would have been marked contrast to its treatment say, of the track and field team from Kenya – a country about which the IOC has very similar doping concerns. More>>

ALSO:

Sounds Like A Plan: Auckland Council Receives Unitary Plan Recommendations

A key milestone in New Zealand planning history was reached today when the Independent Hearings Panel delivered the reports containing its recommendations on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. More>>

ALSO:

National Park Expansion: Forests And Coast Of Kahurangi Protected

Five parcels of high value land totalling more than 890 hectares have been formally gazetted as part of the National Park. More>>

ALSO:

PPP Go-Ahead: SkyPath Gets Unanimous Support

Auckland’s SkyPath project has been given the go-ahead to be delivered through a public private partnership, after a unanimous decision at today’s Finance and Performance Committee. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Reserve Bank, The UN Shortlist, And Trump

Can there really be there any link between the US presidential elections and yesterday’s RBNZ signals on interest rates and the NZ dollar? Well, maybe. And it would be this: the improving US economy is reportedly putting a tailwind behind the US dollar, and rendering the actions of our Reserve Bank virtually irrelevant. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What John Key Should Be Asking Joe Biden

No doubt, US Vice-President Joe Biden will be updating Prime Minister John Key on the chances of a TPP vote taking place in the ‘ lame duck’ session of Congress that’s held between the November’s election and the inauguration of a new President in January. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news