Motorway costs

Barry Garrick made this Official Information request to New Zealand Transport Agency

Response to this request is long overdue. By law New Zealand Transport Agency should have responded by now (details and exceptions). You can complain to the Ombudsman.

From: Barry Garrick

Dear New Zealand Transport Agency,

The former Minister of Transport in 2017 said of the following planned four-lane motorways "...are expected to cost around $10.5 billion" - can I please have any and all advice and estimates that shows the expected costs for them provided in 2017?

Wellsford to Whangarei
East West Link in Auckland
Cambridge to Tirau
Piarere to the foot of the Kaimai Range
Tauranga to Katikati
Napier to Hastings
Manawatu Gorge
Levin to Sanson
Christchurch Northern Motorway
Christchurch to Ashburton

Yours faithfully,

Barry Garrick

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From: Official Correspondence
New Zealand Transport Agency


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Dear Barry

 

This email acknowledges your below request for information made under the
Official Information Act 1982.

 

Your request has been forwarded to the appropriate section of the
Transport Agency for response. They will contact you if they require
clarification of your request, more time to respond, or if your request
has been transferred to another organisation to respond to. Unless more
time is required, the Transport Agency will send a response to you within
20 working days of receiving your request – in this instance on or before
6 September 2019.

 

If you would like to discuss your request with the Transport Agency,
please contact us by email at [1][email address].

 

Regards  

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Ministerial Services – Government and Governance

Office of the Chief Executive

50 Victoria Street, Private Bag 6995, Wellington 6141, New Zealand 

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Dear Barry

 

Please find attached a letter advising of an extension to your request for
information under the Official Information Act 1982 of 9 August 2019.

 

A response will now be sent to you on or before 27 September 2019.

 

Regards

 

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Ministerial Services

Engagement & Partnerships

National Office / Victoria Arcade, 50 Victoria Street,
Private Bag 6995, Wellington 6141, New Zealand

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Dear Barry

 

Please find attached a letter advising of an extension to your requests
for information under the Official Information Act 1982 of 9 August 2019.

 

A response will now be sent to you on or before 2 October 2019.

 

Regards

_________  _____________________________________________   

Ministerial Services

Government – Engagement & Partnerships

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
National Office / 50 Victoria Street
Private Bag 6995, Wellington 6141, New Zealand 
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Find the latest transport news, information, and advice on our website:

[5]www.nzta.govt.nz

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Dear Barry

 

Please find attached the response to your request of 9 August 2019 for
information under the Official Information Act 1982.

 

Regards

_________  _____________________________________________   

Ministerial Services

Government – Engagement & Partnerships

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
National Office / 50 Victoria Street
Private Bag 6995, Wellington 6141, New Zealand 
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Find the latest transport news, information, and advice on our website:

[5]www.nzta.govt.nz

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From: Barry Garrick

Dear NZTA,

Can you clarify that the NZTA does not hold cost estimates for any of those routes? If there are cost estimates for any of those routes, I would still like to request them regardless of who was talking about them.

Yours sincerely,

Barry Garrick

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From: Official Correspondence
New Zealand Transport Agency

Dear Barry,

Thank you for your follow-up question regarding cost estimates. We can confirm that the NZ Transport Agency does not hold any cost estimates relating to those proposed roading improvements.

As outlined in our response, the proposal was from a political party as part of an election campaign. It would be against the law for the Transport Agency to be involved in developing election policy for a political party. As a result, we had no involvement in the development of those costs.

Kind regards,
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Ministerial Services
Government – Engagement & Partnerships
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
National Office / 50 Victoria Street
Private Bag 6995, Wellington 6141, New Zealand 
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From: Barry Garrick

Dear NZTA,

Apologies to keep bothering you on this, but I'm confused. On the project pages for some of those proposed roads, there are estimated costs. For example, on the East West Link page, it says it will cost $1.25-1.85 billion.
Here: https://www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/east-w...

I understand that the NZTA did not provide cost estimates for that particular political party announcement, but it seems like the Agency did prepare costs for at least some of these projects for other purposes.

Is that the case? If so, what routes and what are they?

Yours sincerely,

Barry Garrick

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From: Official Correspondence
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Dear Barry,

 

Thank you for your email. We can confirm that some similar projects were
proposed by the Transport Agency but many were smaller in size and design
i.e. safety improvements to an existing road rather than construction of a
new four-lane road.

 

In order to explain this in more detail we will provide you with a formal
response, and you can expect a reply soon.

 

Kind regards

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Ministerial Services

Engagement & Partnerships

National Office / Victoria Arcade, 50 Victoria Street,
Private Bag 6995, Wellington 6141, New Zealand

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