Local National MP’s Todd Muller, Scott Simpson and Simon Bridges have today launched a campaign to save the Tauranga Northern Link.
The MP’s are calling on locals to sign a petition to send a clear message to the Government that this critical investment must go ahead with construction beginning in 2018 as planned.
“The previous National-led Government had committed to a large number of important regional roading projects right around New Zealand, including the Tauranga Northern Link which would have improved safety and travel times, better connected our regions and boosted regional economic growth” Mr Muller said.
“But our New Minister of Transport, Phil Twyford, has now indicated a number of these projects are under review”.
“The Tauranga Northern Link would see a continuous four lane State Highway with wide lanes, grade separated intersections and other safety measures stretching from Tauranga to Katikati”.
“The Government is pinching pennies because their spending programme is too tight and they are desperately trying to find money for pet projects like the tram through the Prime Minister’s electorate to Auckland Airport” he added.
“This investment is critically important for Tauranga and the wider Bay of Plenty region and the Government has wrongly thrown the project into uncertainty. Our local National team will be relentlessly pushing the Government to commit to the project and we encourage the public to show their support and ensure our regions voice is heard loud and clear” Mr Muller concluded.