The new Ellerslie-Panmure Highway bridge, opened yesterday, was a significant milestone for Ameti (the Auckland-Manukau eastern transport initiative), Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee said.
The minister said it broadened transport options and freed up roads in an area with some of New Zealand’s highest traffic flows & resulting congestion: “Combining Ameti with an East-West Link is the Government’s next major focus for the Auckland transport network.
“The suburbs of Onehunga, Mt Wellington & East Tamaki are home to a number of industrial & logistics businesses that make a critical contribution to Auckland & the national economy. Businesses in this area already employ around the same number of people as workers in Auckland’s cbd, and there is considerable potential for many more jobs.
“Together, Ameti & the East-West Link have the potential to unlock the economic potential of this important part of Auckland.
“I have asked the NZ Transport Agency to work with Auckland Transport and report back to me about which elements of Ameti & the East-West Link should be brought forward with additional funding. This work will be completed in December, and I expect that the Government will make funding decisions in the first quarter of 2014.”
Attribution: Ministerial release.