Important local road safety projects desperately needed for Selwyn have not received funding under the National Land Transport Plan (NLTP) due to Government funding cuts, according to Selwyn MP Amy Adams.
“Recently I received a response from the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) to a letter I wrote last year requesting information on local roading projects recommended for funding in Selwyn under the 2018 – 2021 NLTP but which have been declined,” Ms Adams said.
“As a result of the Government cutting $5 billion from the State Highway budget and prioritising cycle lanes and a trolley bus service for Auckland, Selwyn’s roads will be less safe,” Ms Adams said.
Projects that have not received funding in the 2018 – 2021 NLTP include recommended safety improvements to the following sections of road:
- SH73 Intersection with Weedons Ross Road
- SH1 Templeton to Weedons Road
- SH1 Dunsandel Road to Rakaia
- SH73 Yaldhurst to Old West Coast Road
- SH73 Yaldhurst to Railway Road
- SH75 Christchurch to Akaroa
- SH75 Little River to Seabridge Road
- Springs/Hamptons Rd Roundabout
- Hamptons Rd Widening
- Shands/Hamptons Rd Roundabout
- Trents Rd Widening
- Shands/Trents Rd Roundabout
“The documentation I received from NZTA indicates that these sites had been identified as having high safety risks and the aim of the recommended projects was to reduce the severity and frequency of crashes and to reduce deaths and serious injuries,” Ms Adams said.
“It’s extremely disappointing that despite the people of Selwyn paying higher petrol taxes, these much-needed projects will now not be proceeding under the current transport plan,” Ms Adams said.
“The Government has announced its plans of implementing a policy of zero road deaths by 2020, yet it is not funding badly needed safety improvements to our local highways. There is a real disconnect between the talk and the action,” Ms Adams said.