The Government must be closet fans of National’s transport policies after all, given how much pride it took today in
announcing the completion of seven road safety pro-jects that started under us, National’s Transport spokesperson Chris
“They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so to watch Jacinda Ardern and Phil Twyford stand on SH3, between
Ohaupo and Te Awamutu, and claim credit for seeing National’s road safety initiatives through to the end was
“I was glad to hear the new safety barriers have prevented deaths and serious injuries, because that’s exactly what
Transport Minister Simon Bridges predicted would happen in December 2016 when he announced $4.8 million for the project.
“My concern is that once the Government is done putting the finishing touches on Na-tional’s good ideas it won’t have
much to do, given it is ideologically opposed to build-ing roads.
“Safety upgrades are vitally important to combat our rising road toll, which is why coun-cils across the country are
crying out for the Government to spend money on new roads, only to be told there’s no money left because it has all been
funnelled into Auckland’s light rail.
“Today’s announcement contained no more money for road safety above what was announced last year – just a heads-up that
the budget will be spread thinner.
“But if Transport Minister Phil Twyford and his associate Julie Anne Genter are short of a few good ideas about what to
do in transport, I’m happy to help them out.
“A couple of tips to start would be to get over their aversion to road building, stop taxing motorists so heavily, and
stop turning a blind eye to regional roads in desperate need of repair, like SH58 from Pauatahanui to Upper Hutt.”