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The Government Policy Statement (GPS) on transport is soul destroying for the Horowhenua community, Otaki MP Nathan Guy says.

“The GPS siphons money away from the planned Roads of National significance and leaves the yet-to-be-built Otaki to North of Levin (ON2L) section on the scrap heap.

“Even though the GPS claims to have a greater focus on road safety, this section should be a priority because it has claimed 11 lives in the last five years and seriously injured 43 motorists - but these horrendous stats seem to have fallen on deaf ears.

“This is a huge disappointment and it’s difficult for the Horowhenua District Council and community to plan ahead for the positive growth that Horowhenua is finally experiencing without the committed funding.

“This will create even more uncertainty for people who have recently been consulted on the likely impacts of the planned roads through Horowhenua.

“They deserve to have route and funding certainty. I will continue to fight for a final decision by mid-year and then designation and fast compensation for affected residents.

“With Transmission Gully Motorway and the PekaPeka to Otaki section opening to motorists in two years’ time, it makes logical sense for the bulldozers to carry on otherwise Levin will be the worst choke point in the Lower North Island.

“Motorists will grudgingly pay their petrol taxes for the next decade and see this money raided from Horowhenua to be spent on light rail in Auckland.”

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