Infrastructure

Transport upgrade cost blowouts kill Mill Rd highway

Pattrick Smellie
Fri, 04 Jun 2021

Previous plans, including a Papakura to Drury link and a Drury South interchange will not go ahead.
Pattrick Smellie
Fri, 04 Jun 2021
A near doubling in the cost of road, rail and public transport upgrades announced in January last year has forced major changes to roading investments, particularly on south Auckland, and the approaches to Whangarei and Tauranga.The New Zealand Upgrade programme announced last year was costed at $6.8 billion by the then transport minister, Phil Twyford.However, cost increases that the finance minister, Grant Robertson, sheeted home in part to impacts of covid-19 have blown out.“Fully funding the new estimated costs for every project would...

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