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Local MP Todd Muller and Coromandel MP Scott Simpson have today delivered a petition to Parliament with close to 3500 signatures calling on the Government to commit a continuous four-lane highway stretching from Tauranga to Katikati.

“This road is absolutely vital for our community. It will help improve road safety, travel times and boost regional economic growth” Mr Muller said.

“Close to 3500 locals signing a petition gives a fair indication of the huge level of support the project has in our community – and its being put under threat as a direct result of the Government’s bad transport policies”.

“They expect the Bay to pay more at the pump and see less for it. Our community isn’t crying out for a tram in Auckland – what we need is this expressway including a grade separated connection from Omokoroa onto SH2 and the Katikati bypass” he added.

“The Government have also failed to give our community certainty on the TNL. National signed off on it and construction was due to start this year but it has been put on ice until they can work out if it fits with their new transport strategy”.

“It’s simply not good enough”.

“Our community has sent a message loud and clear to the Government. Let’s hope they listen” Mr Muller concluded.

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