Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce
8 September 2014
Gully a major step forward for region
The start to the construction of Transmission Gully is a major step towards Wellington and the region getting a
transport system fit for the 21st century, Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce President John Milford said today.
“Today’s sod-turning ceremony is a milestone that has been awaited by motorists and businesses throughout the region for
decades, and will be applauded very loudly.
“Transmission Gully is probably the most vital piece in the Levin-to-Airport highway jigsaw, and when it’s completed
will provide a big boost to the region’s economy.
“Having a safe, efficient and earthquake-resilient route in and out of the city will contribute to significant time
savings and a reduction in accidents, and the Government is to be congratulated for advancing it.
“I’m convinced that using a public-private partnership to finance, build, operate and maintain it for the construction
phase and a 25-year operating period after that is the best way to go to ensure taxpayers get the best value for their
“What concerns me are opposition parties’ plans to delay further work on it if they are elected on December 20.
“We have waited long enough. Business throughout the Wellington region would be horrified at the prospect of more
changes and more delays. Transmission Gully will deliver better connectivity and a platform to grow our regional
“Rather than re-litigate this piece of road I suggest all efforts should be on how we solve the issues at the Basin
“Only when we solve that, and build a second Mt Victoria tunnel, will we have a highway that delivers in all senses of
“With Transmission Gully underway, now we need to solve that problem.”