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North Canterbury commuters can look forward to improved journey times with the start of the Northern Corridor project, Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey says.

Doocey assisted the Prime Minister, Rt Hon John Key, and Minister of Transport, Hon Simon Bridges, at the sod-turning ceremony today for the estimated $240 million project. The project is being built under Government’s Roads of National Significance programme.

Doocey said it was great to have both the Prime Minister and the Transport Minister back in Canterbury for this important milestone. “Last year the Transport Minister came to Waimakariri electorate to turn the sod for the Western Belfast Bypass and this year I invited the Prime Minister to the electorate to be briefed on the project’s progress,” Doocey said.

Doocey said both projects would reduce congestion and improve journey times for Waimak commuters.

“Together, these projects will be a game-changer for our commuters, delivering reliable and shorter travel times. Traffic congestion routinely comes up as a topic during my constituent connect meetings - whether it’s raised by our over 65s at my seniors coffee mornings or at my business meetings - and I’ve always maintained an efficient roading network is the key,” Doocey said.

A reliable and efficient roading system would support Waimakariri’s growth and economic development, Doocey added.

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