The Waikato only won minor improvements to its roading priorities in the increased transport spending announced in Wellington last night.
Just three projects had their priority brought forward – Avalon Drive, East Taupo deviation, and the Maramarua deviation. Avalon Drive has received $32.7 million with construction over the next year, the east Taupo deviation will be constructed in 2006/07 with $15 million allocated and Maramarua deviation will be constructed in 2011/12.
Environment Waikato Regional Land Transport Committee Chairman Angus Macdonald said he was pleased that some projects have been brought forward but the Region would still have to work hard to bring some other important projects forward.
“We will continue to lobby for the next package in August. The Minister of Transport is coming here on July 13 and we will be talking to him about the urgency of these projects.”
He said he was also pleased that work on the Thames-Coromandel bridges, which are part of the Peninsula Project, are going ahead over the next three years. They include Te Puru, Tararu and Kirikiri bridges.
Other projects to receive funding include:
- $47 million for Maungatawhiri to be constructed over the next year
- $32.7 million for four laning Church Road- Avalon Drive in 2008/09
- Kopu Bridge to be constructed in 2011/12
- Te Rapa bypass to be constructed in 2012/13
- Cambridge bypass in 2013/14
- Rangiriri bypass in 2014/15
- Ngaruawahia bypass in 2014/15
Land Transport New Zealand announced a 19.5 percent rise in transport spending to almost $1.7 billion for the financial year, with projected spending of $21 billion over the next 10 years. It does not include the $500 million one-off Government transport package announced last week from a tax windfall – which may have to be paid back to the country’s banks.