Parliament

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

 

EPA rubber stamps dead duck motorway

22 June 2012

EPA rubber stamps dead duck motorway

Today’s Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) decision to rubber stamp the Transmission Gully motorway project is a poor decision that will see over a billion dollars of tax payers’ money wasted, says the Green Party.

“This is an old, expensive motorway project that will cost the country one billion dollars for no economic benefit,” said Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter.

“The Government’s official benefit to cost ratio for Transmission Gully is less than one. That means for every dollar spent it delivers less than a dollar in benefits.

“Frittering away a billion dollars on a project with such a poor benefit to cost ratio is not smart economic management, especially in tight economic times.

“Transmission Gully is bad for commuters and bad for the environment. Expert modelling has shown it will undermine commuter rail, increase overall traffic in Wellington City and increase greenhouse gas emissions.

“Transmission Gully will not be good for local commuters because it will not solve their transport challenges. Official estimates say at best it will cut ten minutes off journeys to Wellington.

“The Green Party supports smarter, more cost effective alternatives that will help more people and freight move around the Wellington region.

“A 21st century bus and train system will move people faster and be better for the environment. It will also create more jobs and lasting infrastructure.

“In addition, safer walking and cycling, and targeted safety improvements to the existing road for freight will help everyone, including those who still drive.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Covid-19: Covid Alert Level 2 in Wellington till the end of the week


The Wellington region will move to alert level 2 from 6pm tonight until 11.59pm on Sunday.
The announcement comes after a person who travelled from Sydney to Wellington tested positive for the virus upon their return.... More>>

ALSO:




 
 



Environment: Bringing Back The Health Of Hauraki Gulf

New marine protection areas and restrictions on fishing are among a raft of changes being put in place to protect the Hauraki Gulf for future generations.
The new strategy, Revitalising the Gulf – Government action on the Sea Change Plan, released today... More>>

ALSO:

NZ First Returns: Winston Peters - AGM Address

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a pleasure to be in Auckland for the 28th New Zealand First Party Conference. It is our intention and mission to remain the most successful political party outside of National and Labour in the last three decades... More>>



Government: New Members Appointed To Waitangi Tribunal

Minister for Māori Development, Hon Willie Jackson, today announced the appointment of three new members to the Waitangi Tribunal and the reappointment of one existing member to the Waitangi Tribunal... More>>

NZNO: Nurses Reject DHB Offer And Confirm Strike Action

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation says its 30,000 members who work in DHBs have voted overwhelmingly to reject a second offer in their current round of multi-employer collective agreement (MECA) negotiations... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels