Tell the Government to fund a four lane highway from Christchurch to Ashburton


Not long after the last election the Government cut more than $5 billion out of the state highway network. Roading projects all around New Zealand were cancelled, and other plans for substantial upgrades were shelved. One of those shelved projects was the proposal for four lanes from Christchurch to Ashburton.

The Government have recently announced they’ll be borrowing $6.8 billion to spend on rail and roading projects, and despite Transport Minister Phil Twyford claiming that New Zealand has “overinvested in roads and motorways for decades,” they’ve confirmed that some of those cancelled roads are in the mix.

With a strong message we have a unique opportunity to persuade Phil Twyford to go ahead and fund the four lane highway. The road between Christchurch and Ashburton is now the second most dangerous stretch of highway in New Zealand for fatalities and serious injuries. With the Rolleston stage that was started under the previous Government nearly complete the timing has never been better to get started extending it to Ashburton.

You can help by filling out the form below to send an email to Phil Twyford asking the Government to fund the four lane project. Alternatively you can email him directly at phil.twyford@parliament.govt.nz