Scrapped road projects may be back on govt agenda

NZTA chairperson Sir Brian Roche says some of National's 12 roading projects that were effectively scrapped due to the new government's pivot away from highway investment are being considered.

Scrapped National Party roading projects are in the mix for consideration in the government's new infrastructure package.

On Wednesday Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced $6.8 billion of the government's $12b package would go towards new transport projects, with a focus on roads and rail.

NZTA chairperson Sir Brian Roche told the Transport and Infrastructure select committee yesterday that the agency had provided a range of projects that fitted the government's "shovel ready" brief.

"We looked at the sort of projects that we think have merit and we've done that. Because this money doesn't come from our fund we don't have decision rights on it, it's very much ministers will determine which of our projects get over the line," he says.

Brian told the committee it was "fair to say" that included some of National's 12 roading projects that were effectively scrapped due to the new government's pivot away from highway investment, and a lack of allocated funding.

"The advice to ministers was based on something we have internally which is a short-to-medium term work programme, and as resources become available, or priorities change, we bring those forward," he says.

NZTA chairperson Sir Brian Roche. Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas

Grant wasn't surprised to see NZTA recommending projects it had looked at in the past.

"We've made decisions on the outline of the package, but there's some i's to dot and t's to cross.

"You'll obviously have to wait for details for the ones we've decided to do", he says.

On Wednesday, National leader Simon Bridges expressed doubt that the government would be able to deliver any significant projects before the end of the term.

"The reality is the only way they could do that is to go back to projects they canned under National," he says.

Transport Minister Phil Twyford said there was a range of options on the table and he wasn't ruling any projects in or out.


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Posted on 28-12-2019 18:52 | By

That’s a little unfair Merlin, these projects take a lot of planning etc and it was all ready to hit the go button, Labour hit the stop button.


Posted on 14-12-2019 08:16 | By Merlin

Please the Northen Link

waihi motorway

Posted on 14-12-2019 06:12 | By dave4u

If they want some of Auckland’s shipping then the road has to be fit to return the goods back to Auckland by road and load ships with Auckland’s exports so a 4 lane to Auck from our port is required and not through the gorge.


Posted on 13-12-2019 20:10 | By Merlin

You expect everthing to be done in 3 years Simon in three terms you did not fix State highway 2 north of Tauranga.