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$1.4 billion investment for Bay of Plenty

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A $1.4 billion investment in the Bay of Plenty is being announced today.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency says the aim of the investment is to deliver a safer, better connected and more resilient transport system capable of supporting significant regional growth.

The investment in the Bay of Plenty is part of a $24.3 billion programme of investment planned for New Zealand’s land transport system over the next three years, detailed in Ngā Kaupapa Huarahi o Aotearoa / 2021-24 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP), published today by Waka Kotahi – www.nzta.govt.nz/nltp

The NLTP comprises $15.6 billion from the National Land Transport Fund, generated through fuel excise, road user charges and other revenue sources; $4.6 billion from local government, generated through rates and Auckland’s Regional Fuel Tax; and $3.8 billion in other Crown investments.

Waka Kotahi Director Regional Relationships for Waikato and Bay of Plenty, David Speirs, says the $1.4 billion investment planned for the Bay of Plenty over the next three years marks an increase of 111 per cent from the previous 2018-21 NLTP.

“This investment in our transport system will help support the Bay of Plenty to better manage growth by making it easier to move around between cities and providing a more sustainable transport system. It will also deliver the best results for our transport dollar,” says Speirs.

Bay of Plenty continues to experience substantial population growth. During this NLTP Waka Kotahi will continue working with local partners to implement regional growth plans, including a number of projects in the Western Bay of Plenty as part of the Urban Form + Transport Initiative.

“Supporting more environmentally-friendly and healthier travel options is also a focus of this NLTP. This involves co-investing with partners to deliver better connected cycling and walking routes and public transport networks that provide local people healthier, more environmentally friendly travel options.

“Improving people’s safety is a top priority for Waka Kotahi and $121 million will be spent on programmes and projects in Bay of Plenty that will reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the region’s roads. This will include continued work along 35.8kms of State Highway 2 between Waihī and Ōmokoroa in the Western Bay of Plenty and a further 36kms between Wainui Road and Ōpōtiki in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.”

Speirs says in a world experiencing the ongoing impacts of Covid-19, ensuring the reliable flow of goods to market is critical.

“This investment in the Bay of Plenty during the next three years will ensure crucial freight connections are well maintained to support our national and regional economies. This will include improving the safety and resilience of essential freight connections along State Highway 2 between Tauranga and Gisborne and State Highway 29 between the Waikato and Tauranga.

“Investment through the NLTP will contribute to a land transport system for the Bay of Plenty that will be safer and easier for people to use, recognising the popularity of the region as a place that people want to live and work, the pressure on land use, and the need to provide more safe travel options.”

Full details of the investments being made through the National Land Transport Programme, including detailed regional breakdowns, can be found at www.nzta.govt.nz/nltp

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Tom Ranger

Posted on 08-09-2021 10:17 | By

Hmmm...what should people do in times demanding austerity...hmmm... Spending more money we don’t have on thing’s we don’t need or want. How illogical can one get? If people ran their houses like this. They’d be the VIP guest at their own mortgagee sale. Reduce outgoing’s is the first place a normal humble house addresses. DO THAT! Dossers.

Daizy

Posted on 07-09-2021 20:37 | By

HaHaHaHa,what a load of Bullxxxxt

We already know the answer cliftonguy

Posted on 07-09-2021 15:22 | By Kancho

Cancelled northern link that’s been a must for years. But bike lanes and bus lanes for Cameron road that was 48 million and now 61’million before any disruption work has begun. There are jobs crying out for remedy but not on the list. In fact not much I can see that amounts to much . I took a road trip a few weeks ago and appalled by the road conditions on major national roads. Even outside of my place where road has been marked up for repair several times for work but the markings disappeared with traffic wear. Now the seal is breaking up and potholes appearing . Neglect everywhere so yes investment but I suspect more diverted to less essential or downright waste of time and money

Devil in the Detail

Posted on 07-09-2021 14:05 | By

This investment in the BoP is to be applauded. But a lot depends on what Waka Kotahi (One Canoe) will be spending it on. Will they listen to the requests and needs of our residents, or just go their own way? Time will tell.