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National will accelerate SH3’s Bell Block to Waitara safety improvements.

National will have shovels ready when we come into office, Jonathan Young, National MP for New Plymouth says, speaking about the safety improvements on SH3 between New Plymouth and Waitara.

“Although I welcome the recent announcement of safety improvements for New Plymouth to Egmont Village, the very long delays in getting construction underway for the safety improvements from New Plymouth to Waitara have been starkly brought into focus through another fatality and serious injuries on this dangerous section of road.”

In the last decade 15 people have died on this stretch of road, the most recent only last week,  and many more have been seriously injured. The 12-kilometre stretch includes 12 uncontrolled intersections, two of which are among the country's worst 20.

“I’m disappointed that Andrew Little’s and Phil Twyford’s flying visit to New Plymouth in November 2018, with promised urgent safety improvements has amounted to nothing. Many regional projects have been delayed to funnel money into the Auckland light rail project and this seems to be the case for our most dangerous intersections here in Taranaki.

“I’ve received information saying work won’t start at the State Highway 3 intersections for another two years.  That’s six years after the business case was approved in May 2016.

“According to Phil Twyford, the project was meant to be completed by the end of 2021, and now it won’t start until a year after that date. This timeframe is completely unacceptable,” says Mr Young.

“This stretch of road with multiple unsafe intersections will be prioritised under a National Government, including redesigning the very dangerous intersection between SH3 and Egmont Road. Where Labour talks, National delivers.”

14 September 2020

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