MP for Hunua Andrew Bayly and MP for Papakura Judith Collins, are disappointed with the coalition government’s decision to redirect road funding. The decision affects the National MPs’ plans for a four-lane Mill Road expressway.
Judith Collins said, “The funding of the four-lane Mill Road expressway, that will provide an alternative motorway from Manukau and Flat Bush to Papakura and Drury is crucial. Commuters are stuck in traffic for hours already due to frequent breakdowns on the southern arterial routes. Without funding committed to, Mill Road is being abandoned and Auckland commuters are given no other options.”
When contacted for comment, The Minister of Transport, Phil Twyford hit back saying, “Local National MP Judith Collins is scare mongering to suggest the Government’s new transport priorities will see this road scrapped. Under the draft Government Policy Statement on land transport, there will be more funding for local roads including Mill Road.
“So the project is more likely to go ahead under this Government than the previous government.”
The proposed increase in petrol tax for regional New Zealand will be up to 12 cents a litre more in three years. Andrew Bayly feels Aucklanders in particular are being hit hard, as this proposed increase is on top of the ten cents per litre regional fuel levy that they will already pay from July 1 this year. Mr Bayly says that this is a truly disappointing move from the Government.
“Auckland South motorists will soon be paying an extra 25 cents per litre after the Auckland fuel tax and the regional tax come into force.”
When asked for comment on this point, no response was received from The Minister of Transport.
So will the Mill Road expressway be scrapped? Hard to say, but one thing is for sure, the political scrap isn’t over yet!
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