21 Apr 2018

Govt view on roading projects will up the ante, says group

7:52 am on 21 April 2018

The group campaigning for a four-lane highway between Tauranga and Katikati warns the government's view on new roading projects means protest action is likely.

A sign on the stretch of road on State Highway 2.

There have been 30 fatalities on SH2 in the past seven years. Photo: RNZ / Andrew McRae

The group, Fix Our Bloody Road Campaign, identifies the stretch of State Highway 2 as one of the most dangerous in the country.

There have been 30 fatalities in the past seven years.

This week the government declined to support a four-lane highway between Whangārei and Auckland.

The campaign founder, Andrew Hollis, said his group had hoped it might have been able to motivate the government to get the Tauranga-to-Katikati road started, but the latest decision makes it look more likely protest action was needed to make the point.

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