30 Jan 2015

First $10m of cycleways package confirmed

5:41 pm on 30 January 2015

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has announced the first $10 million tranche of funding from a cycleways package the Government committed to before last year's General Election.

Simon Bridges.

Simon Bridges. Photo: RNZ

Prior to the election the National Party said it would spend $100 million over the next four years on building cycleways in urban centres.

The National Land Transport Fund will also put $21 million towards the cycleways programme, and local government and community funds will contribute $6.3 million.

However, Mr Bridges said he wanted more from local government in the future, especially Auckland.

Mr Bridges said Auckland (which includes Auckland Council and community funds) would only contribute $1.1 million out of more than the $20 million to be spent this round on the city's cycleways.

He said the remaining $90 million in the Government's cycleways fund would be allocated later this year.

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