Opening of new Ashley Bridge a milestone day for Waimakariri

Waimakariri news
Saturday, February 21, 2015

The opening of the new Ashley Bridge at Cones Road is a milestone day for Waimakariri, MP Matt Doocey says.

Mr Doocey said he was very aware of the impact on the community of the closures of the old bridge due to flooding.

“Those extra kilometres residents had to travel to take the detour when the old bridge was closed had to be funded – and I know that sometimes that money came out of living costs. The closures hurt the community but today we can say that bridge closures due to flooding will only be a distant memory,” Mr Doocey said.

Businesses and schools in Waimakariri had also been affected, Mr Doocey added.

“I am very honoured to be the Member of Parliament for Waimakariri and to be part of a Government that believes in the value of community infrastructure for a productive and competitive economy. The-led National Government has contributed just over $7.2M to the design and construction of the Ashley Bridge. The spend on the bridge is part of a raft of spending that is aimed at getting traffic flowing through Canterbury quicker and more efficiently, and to aid our regional economy, our local economy and our families,” the Waimakariri MP said.

Mr Doocey said Government would be spending another $300M on roading infrastructure that would further benefit the Waimakariri Electorate.

“This package includes the Northern Arterial Motorway and the Western Belfast bypass. These projects will reduce commuter congestion and result in reliable travel times.”