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Taupo MP Louise Upston says she is disappointed that her tabled amendment to the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast Track Consenting) Bill that amends Schedule 2 to include the extension of the Waikato Expressway Cambridge to Piarere as a project for fast-tracking was voted down in Parliament yesterday.

“It was an opportunity for the other side of the House to hear why this piece of road is so vitally important to be built.

“I’ve advocated for it to be included in the list of shovel ready projects under consideration by the Government for fast-tracking to stimulate the local economy after it was canned by the Labour-led Government following its $5 billion cuts to the state highway budget in 2018

“It's therefore very disappointing to hear that it will also not be part of the Government’s list of projects this year.

“I have been advocating for that piece of road to be built for several years. National confirmed it and Labour cancelled it.

“It’s a vital regional transport infrastructure that will bring economic and other benefits to our local communities when completed,” Ms Upston says.

“We need that extension to be built as not only is that intersection of SH1 and SH9 among the most dangerous roads in the country according to Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), it’s a major regional transport route that deserves to be upgraded to world-class standard and also improve travel time for commuters and freight.

“We need to get on with this extension as soon as possible to ease congestion, save lives, create jobs and stimulate our economy."

Media contact: Louise Upston 0274767887

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