Otaki MP Nathan Guy says the new Government transport policy is soul destroying for the Horowhenua community.
The policy announced yesterday by Government, prioritises road safety, access to a wider range of transport options, the environment and value for money.
Mr Guy says the policy siphons money away from the planned Roads of National Significance and leaves the “yet-to-be-built Otaki to North of Levin (ON2L) section on the scrap heap”.
He says that even on safety grounds, the Otaki road should be a priority because it has claimed 11 lives in the last five years and seriously injured 43 motorists
Mr Guy believes it will be difficult for the Horowhenua District Council and community to plan ahead, without the committed funding.
And will create even more uncertainty for people who have recently been consulted on the likely impacts of the planned roads through Horowhenua.
He says: “With Transmission Gully Motorway and the PekaPeka to Otaki section opening to motorists in two years’ time, it makes logical sense for the bulldozers to carry on otherwise Levin will be the worst choke point in the Lower North Island.