Ex­press­way com­ple­tion top pri­or­ity

Waipa Post - - The Country -

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.

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