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Labour commits to Kapiti link road

Transport Spokesperson
28 July 2011

Labour commits to Kapiti link road

Labour's Transport spokesman Shane Jones says a future Labour government is committed to 100 per cent funding of a two-lane link road on the Kapiti Coast instead of National’s planned four-lane expressway.

Shane Jones made the announcement at a meeting in Waikanae last night.

“Transport Minister Steven Joyce ditched the long-planned link road when he announced a four-lane raised expressway about 18 months ago, roughly along the same route,” Shane Jones said.

“But the link road is what people want. It’s far cheaper, which is important when cash is strapped, will have far less environmental impact on the district than the four-lane expressway, and will do the job that’s needed of reducing congestion.”

Shane Jones said the link road would go ahead along with improvements to State Highway One to reduce bottlenecks.

The previous Labour government committed to funding 90 per cent of the $120 million project, but Shane Jones said a future Labour government was committed to 100 per cent funding.


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