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No Transmission Gully Tolls

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Tolling of Transmission Gully is an inequitable funding approach and should be taken off the table, according to a long-time advocate for the alternative highway.

Kapiti regional council candidate Chris Turver says when Transmission Gully was first designed as a one-off solution to road congestion and safety issues, a toll would have been a reasonable approach to get it built quickly.

"But that approach substantially changed when the government decided the entire 100-kilometre Levin-Wellington route would be a 'road of national significance', with Transmission Gully just part of a complex series of new roading projects along the route."

Mr Turver says the government has designated seven routes around New Zealand as roads of national significance and most will be fully-funded by the government.

The only exceptions are Transmission Gully and possibly the Tauranga Eastern Corridor where tolling is also being looked at.

Mr Turver says there is no justification for these exceptions and he wants the government to explain why it is not meeting the full cost.

"After waiting for decades to get a decent roading structure from Levin-Wellington - and final recognition that this is a road of national importance - it's appropriate that the state carries the total cost as it has done for many other hugely costly motorways, notably in Auckland."

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