Otaki MP Nathan Guy has welcomed the decision to refer the Kapiti expressway to a Board of Inquiry.
“We need this road and this is a big step towards construction.
“As we’ve just witnessed with Transmission Gully, a Board of Inquiry is a robust process which considers all the evidence and can make a decision within nine months.
“The National Government created the Environmental Protection Authority which has done an excellent job of considering big projects like this. Under the previous Labour Government, these projects could spend years bogged down in red tape and legal battles.
“A new four-lane expressway will mean quicker and safer journeys, and will be a real boost to the regional economy.
“Good local connections, including an interchange on Kapiti Road near the Airport and Te Moana Road are very important. It also means State Highway One can become a local road for locals to use.
“Detailed information will be available and submitters will have a chance to have their say in front of the Board members.
“Kapiti residents gave the expressway a resounding vote of support in last year’s election, and it’s great to see that NZTA is getting on with the job.
“I remain confident in the consenting process that will see the Kapiti Expressway begin construction next year,” says Mr Guy.
Authorised by Nathan Guy, 240 Oxford Street Levin