Joyce Rejects Puhoi Alternative
Transport minister Steven Joyce says the Puhoi highway has a benefit-cost ratio of “greater than one, with wider economic benefits accordingly.”
Quizzed in parliament this afternoon following today’s announcement for a highway that will cost more than $1.9b , The Minister says he and the NZTA have rejected CBT’s alternative option of safety improvements for Dome Valley and Schedewys Hill.
“I have two views. Firstly, I have seen some of the numbers, and the numbers I have seen so far seem incorrect and out of date. The second issue is that the volumes specification of the existing road is nowhere near the capacity required for that highway, which carries something like 24,000 people per day, plus very, very significant freight.”
The Minister laughed off the jibe that it was a “holiday highway,”as first coined by Mike Lee.
“I think you are being a bit condescending to the people of Northland and northern Auckland, ” he told Labour’s Darren Hughes.
Here is a video of the exchange:
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