Let’s see the numbers on road projects Gerry

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee must release the analysis which led the Government to hand-pick 14 regional roading projects over others the regions are desperately crying out for, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says.

“National has form when it comes to choosing projects with little regard for their economic value. In 2008 it committed $12 billion to its urban motorway projects without having done the most basic analysis; and several of them turned out to be very poor value for money.

Labour will fund the Capital Connection

The next Labour government will ensure the future of the Capital Connection by funding it on a similar basis to other commuter rail services, say Labour’s Transport Spokesperson Phil Twyford and Labour’s MP for Palmerston North Iain Lees-Galloway.

GPS shows no new direction on transport

National’s draft Government Policy Statement on transport is strictly business as usual, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says.

“This is more of the same we’ve had from National since 2009: more than a billion dollars a year on their mega-motorway projects, some of which are very poor value for money.

Tanker driver dispute shows supply chain squeeze

Pressure being placed on road transport companies by the big players has turned into a David vs Goliath battle, Labour’s Associate Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says.

"Half a dozen tanker drivers employed by Toll have begun picketing BP stations in an attempt to highlight how lowest price contracting manifests itself at the other end with unfair wages and pressure on drivers.

Fund the City Rail Link now: Labour

Today’s launch of the electric trains is an exciting event for Auckland, but brings home the need to fast forward government funding for the City Rail Link, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton.

"The city’s transport problems can’t wait for Gerry Brownlee to get over his stubbornness about rail.

Labour turns wheels for cycling safety

With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says.

Due to speak to a cycling rally at Parliament this afternoon she said a Labour Government would make the safety of cyclists a priority.

“Too many cyclists are dying needlessly.

“Labour will act to improve cycling safety, including taking seriously the recommendations of the Cycling Safety Panel’s report, due in September.

Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers

The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.

“There’s nothing Kiwis like more than getting on the road and going on holiday. But on public holidays like Easter and Anzac Weekend fun can quickly turn to frustration when the family realises the rego for the caravan has expired or there’s a big truck hogging the fast lane.

“Sweating the small stuff leads to too many Kiwi holidays getting off to a bad start.

Neglected rural and regional roads will cost more lives

The government must take urgent action to prevent more accidents to truck drivers and other road users of increased logging trucks on neglected roads, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Transport spokesperson.

“The dangers to drivers and other road users in the North are similar to those I’ve discussed with truckies, district councils and communities in other regions.

Rail electrification- Labour tick . City rail link - National fail


Auckland needs the government to commit to early funding for the city rail link to make electrification of the rail line as effective as it can be, says Labours Transport Spokesperson Darien Fenton.

“Today’s act of switching on the electrification at Britomart is a great milestone, but the Government’s refusal to fund the city rail link until 2020 will hold back the development of our largest city and keep Auckland gridlocked.


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