Billion-dollar Auckland tunnel canned

Start the bulldozers in WaterviewBillion-dollar Auckland tunnel cannedA planned five kilometre long tunnel under Auckland’s Mount Albert electorate has been cancelled by the Government, which says it is too expensive and will instead build on the surface. [Stuff Politics]

Bloody good on Steven Joyce, putting practicality ahead of politics. Labour on the other hand is playing politics over a road that was only a tunnel because Helen Clark decreed it so.

I am glad though that Labour has decided to fight for spending over a billion dollars more for the sake of a few houses. I’d like to see them justify to the people of Christchurch and Dunedin and even Wellington that it is beeter for them to pay $2000 more to build a tunnel so 200 state house tenants don’t have to move.