The Herald reports:
National has committed to starting construction on the Melling Interchange roading project in its first term, if elected to power.
However, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said the Melling interchange still needs to go through a consent and designation process.
Opposition leader Simon Bridges made the announcement today alongside Hutt Valley mayors and MPs.
He said the project’s delay had been a sorry saga from the Government and the interchange needs to be prioritised.
“In our first term we’re committed to starting construction of this vital project in this area because we know that New Zealand shouldn’t be slowed down, it needs to get going.”
In April the NZTA announced the $140 million transport project, that would greatly ease congestion on State Highway 2, won’t be considered for funding until 2028.
This is a great project that will benefits motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. It means traffic across Melling won’t intersect SH2 traffic and will give pedestrians and cyclists separate lanes.