The announcement of additional transport investments in Wellington has been welcomed by John Milford, CEO of Wellington Chamber of Commerce, but more certainty is needed about the progress of critical projects.
"The National Land Transport Program published green light major improvements on public transportation and hiking and cycling networks in the region on Friday," says Milford.
"These upgrades help users to travel more reliably and ensure a safer journey.
"Unfortunately, the program does not update the main projects to support the Let & # 39; s Get Welly Moving & # 39; strategy or a specific funding commitment.
"Critical new highway projects, such as Otaki to Levin, Petone to Grenada, and the Melling interchange upgrade are all listed as being under review & # 39 ;, without any indication about the timeline or financing facility for completing these projects.
"Improvements to the road network in Wellington, and the main northern connections along the SH1 and SH2 in the city, are fundamental to unlock further productivity improvements and make people travel more easily.
"The Labor-led government has repeatedly reassured the Wellingtonians that the large-scale infrastructure upgrades in Auckland would not be at the expense of the rest of the country, and I look forward to ministers who guarantee that the lower North Island will not share its share in the country. will miss essential highway upgrades.
"Transmission Gully has been under construction for four years and will be completed by 2020. We have to make the most of this huge investment through the additional projects that were planned to provide access across the entire corridor from the airport to Levin."