Expressway completion top priority
The 2018 update to the Waikato Regional Land Transport Plan 2015-2045, adopted by Waikato Regional Council last week, will see the Waikato Expressway completed to Cambridge – the region’s long-standing top transport priority.
The plan forecasts spending of almost $5.7 billion over the next 10 years for transport projects in the Waikato region. Of this, $4.7 billion comes from the National Land Transport Programme and the remainder from rates.
Waikato regional councillor and regional transport committee chair Hugh Vercoe says the number one priority in the plan is construction of the expressway from Cambridge to the Piarere State Highway 1/29 intersection.
The plan contains two key components:
■ A regional policy framework that identifies priority land transport problems to be invested in, along with corresponding objectives, policies and implementation measures.
■ A programme of land transport activities for which National Land Transport Programme funding will be sought.
Other priorities of the plan include starting work on the Southern Links project south of Hamilton, improvements to SH29, progressing a start-up rail service between Hamilton and Auckland.
Consultation on the review received 35 submissions, including from individuals, local and central government and industry.