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If you’re concerned about the lack of investment in our North Canterbury roads, I invite you to join me tonight for a meeting with the New Zealand Transport Agency at 6.30pm at the Woodend Rugby Club in Gladstone Road.

As many of you know, I petitioned Parliament to save the Belfast to Pegasus four-lane motorway, including the Woodend Bypass, after it was cancelled by Government. Some have accused me of not giving up on this issue but when I have parents telling me they are scared to have their children crossing SHI at Woodend School, and that the elderly can’t cross the road to get to medical appointments, because of the heavy traffic volumes following our rapid growth, then there’s real concern in our community.

Frustrated Waimakariri commuters asked me to call tonight’s meeting, to push for a quicker response time from NZTA to deliver on their safety proposals for the motorway from Kaiapoi to Ashley Bridge. The cross-representation of people attending a public meeting I held with National’s leader, Simon Bridges, including the local business community, the school and community leaders, is a good indication that traffic movements, estimated to be around 19,000 per day, have reached tipping point. I recently visited the Northern Corridor project site for an update and was impressed by the scope of the project. The gains it will deliver in conjunction with the Western Belfast Bypass in streaming traffic seamlessly into Christchurch will future-proof our region’s transport needs. Our Belfast to Pegasus motorway, including the Woodend Bypass was designed by National to be the logical next step and would have addressed residents’ safety concerns.

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