Expressway: Key to Future Growth
The National Government is staying true to its promise that the $2.4 billion Waikato Expressway will be completed within 10 years, according to National’s Hamilton East MP David Bennett.
“Our strategic strength is our proximity to Auckland,” says David. “The Auckland-Hamilton-Tauranga triangle will be the country’s economic powerhouse where over half the population will live in the next decade or so.”
“I fought hard for the Expressway in Parliament and I’m delighted the project is progressing so quickly”, says Mr Bennett.
“Hamilton will thrive economically as transport corridors are opened up to the Auckland and Bay of Plenty regions. The Expressway will give Hamilton a vital link to the two ports of Auckland and Tauranga and open up new opportunities for our world-class education, health, transport and manufacturing industries.”
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The Te Rapa section of the Waikato Expressway was opened to traffic on Monday, 3 December 2012 and the 12.3km Ngaruawahia section of the Waikato Expressway opened in December 2013. The four lane road runs from Taupiri in the north, crossing the Waikato River before connecting with the completed Te Rapa section.
The 16km Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway was open to traffic on 16 December 2015. This project is a crucial first step in opening up improved linkages with Tauranga. To the north, the Rangiriri section is also making good progress as the Murphy Street off-ramp and the newly named Te Wharepu Bridge were open to traffic on 8 September, and on 28 November the section of on-ramp between Murphy Street and Rangiriri Road was also opened.