Snipping the ribbon on the first section of the Kapiti expressway is Transport Minister Simon Bridges, Te Ati Awa iwi member, Grace Ahern, 6, Otaki MP Nathan Guy, and iwi member Ruby-Mei Franklyn. (Joel Maxwell pic)
According to this article by Joel Maxwell of the Kapiti Observer (your Waikanae bloggers Sue Lusk and ourselves weren’t important enough to get an invite), Wellington’s proposed 110 km expressway from the airport to Levin could end up being even longer, with the Transport Minister saying he is keen to extend it further north.
Simon Bridges expressed an appetite for expanding upon the already $2 billion-plus roading project on Thursday as he cut the ribbon to open the first section of the Kapiti expressway four months ahead of schedule.
The $630 million, 18 km expressway from Mckays Crossing to Peka Peka on the Kapiti Coast is part of the Wellington Northern Corridor – one of seven Roads of National Significance being built across the country.
That may depend on what happens in the elections this September, however. All the parliamentary opposition parties want to see more money spent on the railways than on roads, and with the National Party having been in power for 9 years and its charismatic leader John Key now gone, its chances of reelection don’t look great.