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Published: 2002-03-25 00:00:00

Environment Waikato chairman Neil Clarke was presented with a 3000 name petition calling for the urgent completion of the State Highway One expressway today.

Waikato Times Editor Venetia Sherson presented the weighty petition on behalf of Times readers to Mr Clarke, MPs Dianne Yates and Martin Gallagher and Bob Simcock. Mr Clarke hopes to present it to the boards of Transit and Transfund when they meet in Tauranga next week.

Ms Sherson said the paper had never had as large a response to an issue before.

Environment Waikato’s Regional Land Transport Committee has asked for the expressway as the number one strategic roading priority for the Region. As a key stakeholder in the Region responsible for strategic land transport planning, Environment Waikato is co-ordinating and facilitating getting the expressway completed.

A task group of mayors and Chief Executives of district councils affected by the expressway was formed earlier this month to ensure that plans for the expressway are stepped up.
Transit’s board meets on April 4 to discuss the expressway and the issue of the stalled Mercer to Longswamp section.