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The Environmental Protection Agency decision to give the green light to Transmission Gully is positive for the region and will support economic growth, CentrePort chief executive Blair O'Keeffe says.
“This decision will boost the resilience of the regional economy by making it easier to move freight and people more efficiently,” Mr O’Keeffe said.
“Transmission Gully was an important investment representing part of a suite of critical roading solutions needed for the region, including Levin to air and sea ports, and the much needed Grenada to Seaview highway.”
Mr O’Keeffe said as New Zealand’s most diverse port company, CentrePort had an active interest in all transport and roading matters, including Transmission Gully.
“With our property, infrastructure, and transport assets, we are a critical part of the National Transport Strategy – a vital cog to keep New Zealand moving.”
CentrePort is New Zealand’s third largest port and continues to grow, with the freight task anticipated to double over the next two decades. This year over 11 million tonnes of cargo will pass through CentrePort with an estimated 730,000 heavy vehicles a year moving across the state highway at the edge of Wellington city.
“We have long been a supporter of Transmission Gully and we’re delighted that we’re seeing real progress in its development,” Mr O’Keeffe said.