Sunday, October 30, 2011

Labour promises to cancel Steven Joyce's $1.7 billion motorway and fund railway link instead

The $400 million Orewa-Puhoi Motorway has been shown to have done nothing to alleviate congestion north of Auckland, instead it has simply shifted the bottleneck from Orewa to Warkworth. (
Labour Party leader Phil Goff said today the party would halt the $1.7 billion ($US 1.4 billion) plan to upgrade State Highway 1 between Puhoi and Wellsford. Announcing the policy in Auckland, Mr Goff committed Labour to providing $1.2 billion towards the rail link, representing half the cost of the project.

The Labour leader says the rail investment would get Auckland moving and is the next step in building a modern public transport system for the city. The rail link is favoured by Auckland Council and Mr Goff says Aucklanders overwhelmingly support the project.

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