Work to start on Transmission Gully

  • 22/10/2015
A computer-generated image of the motorway
A computer-generated image of the motorway

After years of delays, work is about to officially begin on Transmission Gully.

The 27km motorway, north of Wellington, will shorten peak journeys by between seven and 15 minutes, remove highway traffic from local roads in Mana and Plimmerton, and provide an alternative route if Wellington is blocked by an earthquake.

But the highway, which will cost an estimated $850 million, has been fiercely opposed by some, who say it's a waste of money, that its financial benefits are outweighed by its costs, and declining traffic means it's not needed.

Transport Minister Simon Bridges will be at an event to mark the start of work this morning.

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