The National Party is today launching a petition to bring forward construction of a second Mt Victoria tunnel as part of a balanced transport plan for the capital, Wellington-based National MP Nicola Willis says.
“Wellingtonians don’t want to spend another decade wasting their lives in gridlock while politicians fail to deliver the infrastructure our capital city needs.
“By pushing back construction of a second Mt Victoria Tunnel, the current Government is consigning Wellingtonians to more years of going nowhere.
“The Let’s Get Wellington Moving project identified the second Mt Victoria tunnel as key to unlocking the Basin Reserve chokepoint that has dogged Wellington for years.
“Unlocking traffic-flow on this important section of SH1 needs to be done alongside planned improvements for cyclists, pedestrians and public transport users.
“The Government was told another tunnel should be prioritised to improve traffic flow on SH1, allow for growth and alleviate the increased congestion that construction of Wellington’s mass transit network will create.
“By ignoring officials, and bowing to the wishes of Julie Anne Genter instead, Transport Minister Phil Twyford has delivered a gut-punch to Wellingtonians who are crying out for action on transport.
“We’re calling on Kiwis to make their voices heard by signing our petition by email or online.
“If elected in 2020, National will build the infrastructure that Labour is neglecting and give motorists something in return for all the extra tax this Government is hitting them with.”
National’s petition can be found here