The National Party says it will spend up to $100m to four-lane Te Ngae Road between Rotorua City and the airport if it is re-elected to government.
Te Ngae Road, along State Highway 30, is an important commercial and tourist route, linking Rotorua and its airport as well as connecting the region to the Bay of Plenty, including Tauranga.
National Party Transport spokesperson Simon Bridges made the announcement on Saturday and said the key transport route is playing an increasingly important part in unlocking the city’s future growth.
“Te Ngae Road supports a growing number of tourists travelling to Rotorua and growth in the region’s primary industries, making it increasingly important to connect people and products to key domestic and international markets,” said Bridges.
“As more people and businesses choose to be in Rotorua and its surrounding districts, National wants to ensure the city’s infrastructure provides for and supports future growth.”
Bridges said construction would begin in the next term of government and is expected to cost between $75m and $100m. Funding for the project would be met from the National Land Transport Fund and the budget capital allowance.
The project would be added to National’s Accelerated Regional Roading Programme.
“This regionally significant project for Rotorua will expand on the comprehensive package of projects that have been delivered across New Zealand,” said Bridges. “They all improve safety, resilience and boost economic productivity and ensure centres like Rotorua have the modern, fit-for-purpose infrastructure they need to support their strong growth.”
“They all improve safety, resilience and boost economic productivity and ensure centres like Rotorua have the modern, fit-for-purpose infrastructure they need to support their strong growth.”