NZTA have determined to not proceed with tolling the Transmission Gully motorway.
This is in part because transport flow modeling shows that if priced, too many would simply use the alternative state highway route.
So, no cost to any driver. And clearly not enough need of it at all. No signal of a sustainability cost to road transport. Not a jot.
Transmission Gully was an important political win for MP Peter Dunne, and an important part of his continuing support for supporting the National-led government, through Minister Joyce.
Who knows if we ran the alternative history about whether it would have happened or not under a Labour-led government.
In 2012 the Greens’ Julie Anne Genter described the motorway as costing about $1 billion when the official business case benefits were $600 million.
More recently, costs have blown out so badly that the contractor is taking out an action so big against NZTA that it is mentioned as a specific liability in NZTA’s annual report.
This government will open this motorway next year, before the election. Tough gig.
I love a good motorway. The Cambridge 110km speed expressway is a handsome piece of kit. And I’m looking forward to avoiding Hamilton and Huntly entirely rather than being pulled into wearying and compressed local networks. The new expressways are safer, faster,
separated from the local network mostly, with multiple lanes to separate cars from freight.
But holy mackerel this Transmission Gully looks like our largest single transport waste.