Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Transmission Gully Must Go Ahead

Transmission Gully Must Go Ahead


The Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the inclusion of the Wellington Northern Corridor as part of the government’s list of so-called Roads of National Significance.

“We are pleased that this critical section of road from Levin to Wellington is on the list of the roads which have been identified as essential routes requiring priority treatment,” said Chamber CEO Charles Finny.

Mr Finny made the comments at the Chamber lunch while introducing guest speaker Geoff Dangerfield, CEO of the New Zealand Transport Agency.

“The Chamber is aware that many of the most congested pieces of roading in the country fall within this corridor.  It is therefore essential for productivity growth in the wider national economy that we improve access to and from Wellington Airport, the congestion between Wellington and the Hutt Valley and remove the blockages between Porirua and Levin.  In that context the Chamber remains a strong supporter of Transmission Gully as a route into and out of the region,’ said Mr Finny.

“Transmission Gully is a far superior option than the coastal highway upgrade.  This option was ruled out three years ago partly because it is no cheaper than building TGM, because it is less resilient that TGM, and because it is unconsentable.  It is therefore worrying that it has been refloated recently by some parties.

Mr Finny said the Chamber was strongly supportive of the bringing forward of worthy roading investment such as the Basin Reserve grade separation, expanding capacity on the Hutt motorway, and the construction of Transmission Gully as a response to the economic crisis.

“While it may be a few years before major work on projects such as Transmission Gully can begin, the Wellington region has plenty of smaller-scale projects along this corridor on which construction can begin quickly,” said Mr Finny.

“We look forward to working with regional and local government to make this happen,” Mr Finny concluded.

 
ends
 

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Big Spenders Are Not Our Tourism Salvation


Covid and climate change have been changing the face of tourism. That’s why it seemed oddly premature last week for Tourism Minister Stuart to announce that New Zealand isn’t interested in mass tourism any more, or in attracting the sort of budget visitors who “travel around our country on $10 a day eating two-minute noodles.” Instead, New Zealand aims to focus its marketing efforts on attracting wealthy, big spending tourists. “In terms of targeting our marketing spin,” Nash said, “it is unashamedly going to be at … High-quality tourists.” Really? The comments have raised a few eyebrows overseas, and a few hackles here at home. Nash’s comments have also been something of a gift to an Opposition adept at portraying the Ardern government as a bunch of liberal elitists out of touch with ordinary people...
More>>




 
 

National: The Heat Is On Tinetti As Strike Action Begins
The heat is on Internal Affairs Minister Jan Tinetti to front up and speak to firefighters as they prepare to take strike action today, National’s Fire and Emergency spokesperson Todd Muller says... More>>


National: Surgical Wait List Hits New Record
A new record has been set for New Zealanders waiting more than four months for surgery, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says... More>>


School Strike 4 Climate: Intergenerational Climate Strike On September 23rd
Once again School Strike for climate Ōtautahi (Christchurch) is asking all students to unite in a call to all council candidates to #voteclimate. Happening on Friday 23rd of September... More>>


Serious Fraud Office: Leave Sought To Appeal NZ First Foundation Decision
Leave has been sought to appeal the decision in the Serious Fraud Office’s NZ First Foundation prosecution... More>>

Government: Wage Growth Best On Record
Workers’ have experienced their biggest pay hike on record, outstripping inflation. Stats NZ figures show median weekly earnings from wages and salaries jumped by 8.8 percent in the June year... More>>

Human Rights Commission: Urgent Government Action Needed To Support Renters’ Human Rights
An immediate freeze on rent increases could give renters some reprieve during the cost-of-living crisis says Te Kahui Tika Tangata, the Human Rights Commission... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels