East West Link

Date: 18/02/2016

Jim Jackson and Peter Gibson are working with Auckland Transport and NZTA on options to provide much improved access to the regional transportation network for businesses in the Onehunga and Penrose areas.

This promises to be a long and contentious process. The businesses in this area the engine room of Auckland and their transportation costs can be huge. Superior access is critical. Safeguarding the quality of neighborhoods and access to the foreshore and Onehunga Wharf are also priorities.

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Mr Bridges says the Government regards the East-West Connection as a project of national significance.

“Ministers have agreed the project will go through a stream-lined consenting process this year to being forward its construction.

“That means a consenting decision will need to be made within nine months of application.

“Subject to approval, it’s the Government’s intention to fund the East-West Connection through the Land Transport Fund so construction can start as early as 2018.

“Officials will provide advice on how this process can be managed and achieved,” Mr Bridges says.

In the interim, the NZ Transport Agency will later this year start early project works on widening State Highway 20 between Neilson St and Queenstown Rd.

“These works are integral to the wider East-West Connection project and will support traffic growth when the Waterview Tunnels open,” Mr Bridges says.

Over the next three years, $4.2 billion will be invested in transport in and around Auckland. This includes:

· Completing the Western Ring Route by 2019.

· Opening the $200 million Te Atatu and Lincoln interchanges in March.

· Opening the $1.4 billion Waterview Connection early next year.

· Ongoing construction of the $1.3 billion Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative.

· $268 million to upgrade parts of the Southern Motorway by late 2018.

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