Labour has just over-shadowed Key’s big smile and wave show today – where he is expected to reannounce spending – with another big policy. Labour will cancel National’s Holiday Highway. With the money saved, they will make the existing road safe, and go 50-50 with the Auckland council to fund the CBD rail-loop and get Auckland moving sustainably.
It shows a real difference between National and Labour’s vision of the future. National sees perpetual sprawl on the 1950s roading model. Labour wants a modern, sustainable transport network.
And it’ll be a hit with Aucklanders, who prefer the rail-loop over the holiday highway 63% vs 25%.