The National Party have committed to completing a number of transport projects in Auckland if re-elected, including the Mill Road Corridor and electrification to Pukekohe.
Transport Spokesperson for the National Party, Simon Bridges, says there is a need to continue building infrastructure and transport systems to ensure New Zealand’s ongoing economic prosperity.
“In Auckland, the commercial capital of New Zealand, we are bringing a number of transport projects online. The latest project, the Waterview Tunnel, has transformed the way people and freight move around our biggest city,” Mr Bridges says.
“We know more needs to be done. That’s why National is committed to ensuring Auckland’s transport needs are met.”
They announced that the $955 million Mill Road project would become a State Highway, removing the responsibility from Auckland Council.
MP for Hunua, Andrew Bayly said the announcement is the biggest thing that both he and MP for Papakura Judith Collins, as well as Deputy Mayor Bill Cashmore, have been pushing for on a local, regional and national level.
“There will be an alternative motorway between Drury and Ramarama. This is the only part of the Auckland motorway that doesn’t have a dual option. Along with the commitment to electrify the trains, it means the south has finally been recognised,” he said.
The upgrades to the transport system will create job opportunities and provide for the expected growth in the new developments in the area.
They said this would provide funding certainty for this important project through the National Land Transport Fund and free up capital for Auckland Council to reinvest in other high priority transport projects. It would also allow two entrances into Auckland from the South.
National’s policy would see the acceleration of construction on a number of roading projects including widening the Southern Motorway between Papakura and Drury, and would also build the Third Main Rail Line and extend electrification to Pukekohe.
“We are today releasing our transport policy that delivers for all New Zealanders and will provide the country with the transport system it needs.
“Our plan demonstrates that we are committed to building the world-class infrastructure the country needs. We will keep people and freight moving, while supporting our strong economic and population growth,” Mr Bridges says.
“We also know that strong transport connections are critical for our growing regions and that’s why we are investing strongly to support their growth.
“National’s plan integrates roads, railways, ports, industrial hubs and air services, ensuring that we have a coherent and balanced approach to New Zealand’s transport needs.”