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Joyce: Tauranga Eastern Corridor Confirmed As Road Of National Significance

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Steven Joyce
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19 March 2009 - The government has today confirmed the Tauranga Eastern Corridor as one of the initial Roads of National Significance.

Transport Minister Steven Joyce says this corridor is a key strategic transport corridor.

"This project will receive priority treatment and will be progressed quicker than might otherwise be the case."

This corridor provides the only road access to Tauranga from the east (Te Puke, Whakatane, Opotiki, Gisborne) and major access from the south (Rotorua, Taupo).

Mr Joyce says this is a significant route for freight servicing Tauranga.

"Currently, 20,000 vehicles use this highway each day. This highway is also the main commuter route for the growing suburb of Papamoa." Mr Joyce says he will be asking the NZ Transport Agency, as part of the revised Government Policy Statement, to develop plans to advance these projects over the next ten years, alongside other State Highway projects around the country. Further details and more roads of national significance will be considered as part of the National Infrastructure Plan later this year.

Other State Highway projects will continue to be considered in the normal way as part of the Land Transport Programme.

Media contact: Anita Ferguson 021 243 1623

Roads of National Significance: Puhoi to Wellsford - SH1 Completion of the Auckland Western Ring Route - SH20 / 16 / 18 Auckland Victoria Park bottleneck - SH1 Waikato Expressway - SH1 Tauranga Eastern Corridor - SH2 Wellington Northern Corridor (Levin to Wellington) - SH1 Christchurch motorway projects.

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