Gerry Brownlee announced:
Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee is welcoming today’s announcement that the NZ Transport Agency has shortlisted two consortiums to deliver the long-awaited Transmission Gully project. …
“This is another important step towards providing motorists and businesses in the lower North Island with a quicker, safer and more reliable route in and out of the capital, bypassing many of the bottle necks and hazardous areas that drivers currently have to deal with on this part of State Highway 1.”
The 27 kilometre long highway will form a key part of the Wellington Northern Corridor, one of seven key state highway routes being progressed by the Government as Roads of National Significance to reduce congestion, improve safety and support economic growth.
Mr Brownlee says the Wellington region has been waiting for Transmission Gully for over 70 years.
“Wellington is currently reliant on a two-lane highway that has trouble coping in peak times, and is vulnerable to closure in the event of crashes and natural disasters.
“Our capital city deserves better if it’s to reach its full economic potential, and the Transmission Gully route will help to unlock that potential.
I just hope a contract is signed before the next election so if there is a change of Government, the Greens can’t cancel it.