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Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey is thrilled work is starting on a third southbound lane over the Waimakariri Bridge following his successful petition last year to the Regional Transport Committee.

“North Canterbury commuters are seeing real gains from having their voices heard,” Doocey said.

Work on widening the Waimakariri Bridge as part of the Christchurch Northern Corridor (CNC) project starts on 27 August. The work will include the third southbound lane, a clip-on cycleway and northbound lane to merge traffic.

Doocey launched his petition for a third southbound lane in March 2017. He presented his petition one month later with over 1,000 signatures.

“My petition was about cementing the gains made by National’s major roading projects. The Western Belfast Bypass has significantly reduced congestion and shortened travel times. It was obvious a third lane southbound would carry these gains through by addressing the bottleneck in the mornings up to Tram Road.

“My petition said building it into the existing Northern Motorway projects as part of the contract with the CNC Alliance would mean significant savings and less disruption,” Doocey said.

Doocey is currently fighting for the planned Pegasus to Belfast motorway extension, including the Woodend Bypass, to be committed to by Government as a logical next step to North Canterbury’s roading solutions.

“It’s always been my priority to have the voice of the Waimakariri heard,” Doocey said, “and this is what they are telling me they want.”

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