Government continues to ignore key road safety projects – AA
25 September 2019
The AA is frustrated that urgent
upgrades to some of our most dangerous sections of state
highway still won’t progress.
yesterday that $313 million of unused funding from the light
rail budget would go towards state highway improvements
(most notably, the Manawatu Gorge replacement road), public
transport, walking and cycling, road policing, and local
road improvements. But there was no funding for any of the
12 state highway projects re-evaluated by NZTA earlier this
The re-evaluated projects include urgent safety
upgrades on roads like SH2 between Tauranga and Waihi, SH1
from Otaki to Levin, and SH1 from Whangarei to Marsden Point
– upgrades that have stalled because of a lack of funding.
“These have been identified for decades as our most
dangerous roads, but they are still not getting the
attention they need,” says AA General Manager of Motoring
Affairs Mike Noon.
“The funding re-allocation was an
excellent chance to get these projects progressing, but
instead now local communities remain in limbo and that
doesn’t line up with the Government’s assertions that
road safety is its top transport priority.”
safety record on these roads will only get worse as the
number of cars and trucks using them goes up, says Mike.
“The longer we leave it to start this work, the more
road deaths and serious injuries we’ll see.”
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