20 Aug 2017

National pledges to build new highways and roads

12:34 pm on 20 August 2017

The National Party has made an election promise to build 10 new highways or "roads of national significance".

They'll be four-laned state highways in regions ranging from Northland to Canterbury.

The 10 roads are:

  • Wellsford to Whangarei
  • Auckland's East-West Link
  • Cambridge to Tirau
  • Piarere to the foot of the Kaimai Range
  • Tauranga to Katikati
  • Napier to Hastings
  • Manawatu Gorge
  • Levin to Sanson
  • Christchurch northern motorway
  • Christchurch to Ashburton.

National's leader, Bill English, said the roads will cost $10.5 billion and will be funded through the National Transport Fund and public-private partnerships.

Some of the spending, such as for the East-West Link, has already been announced.

Work is already under way on an initial group of seven roads of national significance.