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Green light for Manawatū Gorge replacement highway

Hon Phil Twyford

Minister of Transport

24 September 2019

The Government has earmarked funding of up to $620 million for construction of the Manawatū Gorge replacement highway, Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced.

The initial funding of up to $100 million has been made available from a reallocation of funding by the NZ Transport Agency. The funding will enable construction to start quickly once the consent process is complete.

Phil Twyford says the Government is getting on with investing in vital transport infrastructure after nine years of neglect.

“The last government didn’t commit funding – we have to make sure that this important highway can be built as soon as possible.

“It will restore a crucial transport link that supports the needs of locals and travellers through the region and boosts the economy across the lower North Island through to the East Coast.

“We’re spending more than ever before in transport and there’s more than 100 projects completed or underway under this Government, with many more to come.”

“I welcome the NZTA Board’s decision to reallocate funding while the Ministry of Transport evaluates options for Auckland light rail. It means we can crack on with other projects while we take the time to get a multi-billion dollar game-changing infrastructure for Auckland right,” Phil Twyford said.

The NZ Transport Agency has completed the preliminary concept design for the new road and is currently working through the consent process. Subject to resource consents, enabling works are expected to begin this year, and full construction is expected to get underway next year, with completion of the project expected in 2024.

As with other projects, the rest of the funding will be spread out in the next three year National Land Transport Programme 2021-24 as the Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway project reaches key milestones.

Note for editors:

NZTA’s August 2019 regional update is here which shows the projects which are underway, completed and upcoming in this three year period.


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