Unlocking economic growth, reducing travel time between Auckland and Cambridge and improving safety is the focus of a $1.8 billion investment in the Waikato’s transport network.
More than half will be spent on fast-tracking the completion of the Waikato Expressway and projects such as the Hamilton Ring Road, while approximately $400 million will be spent improving safety as part of key projects.
The investment is the region’s share of the $13.9 billion National Land Transport Programme, a partnership between local authorities and the Transport Agency.
The Transport Agency’s acting Waikato/Bay of Plenty regional director Robert Brodnax says a large part of investment in the Waikato over the next three years recognises and supports the vital part the region plays in New Zealand’s social and economic success.
This article was first published in the August 2015 issue of NZ Local Government Magazine.