23 Apr 2024

Roading experts discuss Government's big maintenance plans

From Nine To Noon, 9:30 am on 23 April 2024

The Government is planning to spend billions of dollars on new roads under a transport plan proposed last month.

The draft Government Policy Statement on land transport includes half a billion dollars on road maintenance and so-called pothole prevention alone.

There have been growing concerns around the scale and severity of road damage in certain parts of the country, particularly Northland and the East Coast.

The New Zealand Transport Agency said the weather could be a contributing factor. It says all bitumen, now imported into New Zealand from overseas refineries, continues to meet the standards it sets. 

Wairoa farmer James Brownlie's questions around the repairs in his district, and the need for them to be re-done, sparked a huge response from listeners right around the country, including truck drivers, commuters and others with their experiences with road repairs or upgrades seemingly needing repair, within a short space of time.

Kathryn discusses the roading problems with Tim Barry, who is in charge of roads at Gisborne District Council and David Keat, the former refining manager of the Marsden Point.

She is also joined by NZTA's regional manager of maintenance and operations, Mark Owen.

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