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Transmission Gully Should Go Ahead

Posted on 23 Oct 2008

ACT Deputy Leader and Wellington Central candidate today dismissed the Green Party's plan to ditch Transmission Gully in favour of light rail, and said that such a move would prove a huge mistake for the Wellington Region.

"Transmission Gully should go ahead - it is a key infrastructure project at a time when we should be investing in infrastructure in order to stimulate the economy," Mrs Roy said.

"While New Zealanders love the concept of rail, the fact is that light rail only works efficiently in areas of high population density - such as Tokyo. Wellington clearly lacks the population density to support light rail as a viable public transport option.

"Given the looming economic crisis, this is a time at which we must be making wise infrastructure decisions with regards to public transport. Buses and dedicated bus lanes would be much more cost effective than ditching Transmission Gully for light rail," Mrs Roy said.

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