Muller lauds Western Bay roading announcement

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller welcomes the Government’s announcement on roading as “a break through investment that will set alight the growth of Western Bay. It's a terrific boost for an already buoyant economy.” 

“My family have lived in Te Puna for 40 years and in this time we have lived the growing pains and sat in stationary queues as many others have. I for one just can’t wait for the building to begin,” says Mr Muller.

“A northern bypass has been talked about for years, but under National and under Simon Bridges, Tauranga’s MP and Transport Minister, we now have a commitment to build and a sizeable budget to match.

“The half a billion dollar investment is significant and it will lift not only the economic performance of the Western Bay but also the safety of this critical road corridor into the city.

The package includes:

·       The $286 million Tauranga Northern Link (TNL)

·       $85 million worth of safety improvements designed to reduce death and serious injury crashes.

·       Up to $150 million to provide for future traffic growth, paving the way for an upgrade between Omokoroa and Te Puna.

“Roading has been the number one issue brought to me by our community so it is fantastic we are addressing it to this extent,” said Mr Muller.

“Last week at our public meeting on roading this view was reinforced by very passionate locals that something needed to be done about the infrastructure in the Western Bay. The population is growing very quickly and the supporting infrastructure needs to keep up.

“This investment in roading will not only serve the community and commuters but it will also support the industries that are based in and around our region.

“The future upgrade between Te Puna and Omokoroa will be especially significant as it is a known problem area for congestion and safety concerns.

Work on the safety improvements will get underway in 2017 while work on the TNL will begin following property purchase, consenting and design.

ENDS

 

Media contact: Shannon Stewart 07 817 9593