Supporters of a bypass around a North Canterbury town have been galvanised by the Government's plans to inject more money into road and rail.
Despite protests, a petition and a series of meetings, Woodend residents had become resigned to a 10-year wait after the NZ Transport Agency confirmed the bypass around their town was not on its short-term agenda.
But Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey said there was renewed vigour to fight for the project as the road was getting busier every year.
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Canterbury authorities have dropped their goal of 20 million annual bus trips by 2020 as public transport use declines in Christchurch.
The service, run by regional council Environment Canterbury (ECan), is to be overhauled in a plan that will contribute to a planned 9.8 per cent rates increase – almost double what was previously forecast.
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