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Government missing bigger picture on transport

Brett Hudson - Transport

23 May 2019

Improved cycleways should be welcomed, but not at the expense of the rest of Wellington’s transport system, National’s Associate Transport spokesperson Brett Hudson says.

“The Petone-Ngauranga shared path is a worthy investment to improve cycling and walking infrastructure along that stretch of highway between Wellington and Lower Hutt.

“But we have to make sure we are building practical and cost-effective infrastructure, not gold-plated testaments to transport ideologies.

“We are seeing a lot of enthusiasm from the Government for walking and cycling projects but a limited amount of clear commitments for congestion-busting road projects.

“We must also be careful to ensure people across the Wellington region are getting value from the rates and fuel taxes they pay to fund such projects.

“Motorists on SH2 will pay for this cycle and walkway project, yet the Government has ignored the possibility of adding an extra Wellington-bound lane to the motorway at the same time.

“That will do nothing for the mood of the people paying the bills while they’re stuck in traffic, who are waiting for improvements like the Melling Interchange and Petone to Grenada link.”


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