Expressway Status Unchanged

April 9, 2018

Senior National Party MPs will host a public meeting in Levin tonight, for residents concerned about the potential scrapping of the Otaki to Levin expressway.


Otaki MP Nathan Guy will be joined by National Party leader Simon Bridges, to meet with locals at Te Takere Library, 10 Bath Street in Levin from 7pm tonight.


Mr Guy says the expressway has apparently been shelved “but the Minister of Transport seems to be saying two different things”.


Yesterday even the Prime Minister Jacinda Adern tried to clear up the confusion, after what Mr Guy calls the “information merry-go-round” between the Minister of Transport and the New Zealand Transport Agency.


Mr Guys says: “On Monday Phil Twyford said this Road of National Significance would be fully completed, but that seems to contradict NZTA’s position that it’s still under investigation."


But Minister Twyford confirmed in a statement to Beach FM, that the expressway is still under investigation by the Transport Agency, nothing has changed.


He says NZTA will present a business case for their Board to make a decision about the future of the project, and that the Board will have to consider "the funding settings" under the new Government Policy Statement on land transport.


The policy statement or GPS, has four strategic priorities for the country’s transport system: Safety, Value for Money, Access and Environment.




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