The fight to prevent National’s Kapiti Expressway is still well and truly on. Labour still has the gloves on and is ready for many more rounds, Labour’s MP for Mana Kris Faafoi says.
He says: “The business, environmental and community case for National’s Expressway has never stacked up and Labour will keep highlighting the travesty of a motorway that will cut through the heart of the Kapiti Coast.”
“Before National came into office it was committed to the Western Link Road Options; its Otaki MP Nathan Guy publicly supported it. Now in Government National has disappointed Kapiti communities by foisting its Expressway on them,” he says.
“A recent media story may have given the Government false hope that its attempt to force the expressway on the Kapiti community will be easier. But that’s not the case. What we are saying is that we need to stop the expressway before construction starts and it’s too late.
“Labour will fight all the way to stop the Expressway before the bulldozers roll in.”
On costs, Mr Faafoi says the Expressway is too expensive, the cost benefit ratios are uneconomic and the motorway will ‘scar the beauty of the Kapiti Coast forever.’
He adds: “Everyone knows that once the bulldozers start rolling in and building starts it will be hard to stop the Expressway going ahead. That’s why Labour will be doing everything it can to prevent construction beginning before the 2014 election.
“A change in Government is the only way to stop National’s Kapiti Expressway from going ahead.”