New Zealanders across the country are paying more and more in petrol prices but are seeing less investment where it matters – making our roads safer in the regions, National’s Transport spokesperson Jami-Lee Ross says.

“Road users across the country will be left out-of-pocket to pay for trams along Dominion Road in Auckland.

“Mr Twyford expects Kiwis around the country to pay an extra 12 cents a litre but won’t commit to much needed funding in roading infrastructure that was planned and ready to go.

“The Minister has left some of the most needed regional roading projects, like the Northland expressway, Otaki to Levin, Tauranga to Katikati and the Ashburton to Christchurch expressway out of the National Land Transport Programme.

“This means regions across New Zealand are being left with dangerous roads and less opportunities to enhance their regional economies.

“Upgrading the Tauranga to Katikati road is vital – this is New Zealand’s most dangerous stretch of road and has seen 18 deaths in five years.

“Instead the Minister has promised small scale safety improvements.  

“The Northland Expressway and Otaki to Levin are vital to supporting the growth occurring across those regions. Without these projects, the transport network will become a handbrake on the success of the regions.

“The regions are being side-lined by the current coalition Government, who continues to claim it’s the champion of the regions.”

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