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Waikato MP Tim van de Molen was out on Tamahere’s Devine Road at lunchtime today; launching his petition to the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) to provide safe pedestrian and cycle access across the SH1 interchange at Tamahere.

The petition has come about following the Member of Parliament’s receipt of an open letter from the Tamahere Community Committee. The letter outlined the committee’s understanding that NZTA had no funding or plans to construct pedestrian and cycle crossings at the interchange.

Tim van de Molen said, “With the Expressway project, as well as increasing urban and business development in the area, the existing Expressway interchange has become much busier. This will become busier with the completion of Te Awa Cycleway and the Sanderson Retirement Village development in the near future.

“Tamahere comprises a growing population of over 6,000 residents, all of whom deserve safe access to community events, businesses, the primary school, early childhood centres & other facilities.

It is understood that the Tamahere Community Committee has for a number of years, sought and received assurances from NZTA that this issue would be addressed.

“I decided to launch this petition as I firmly believe that safe and efficient pedestrian and cyclist movements across the interchange are crucial for maintaining a strong community,” said van de Molen

The petition that NZTA provide safe pedestrian and cycle access across the SH1 interchange at Tamahere; preferably via an overpass or underpass from Tauwhare Rd to SH21 (Airport Rd), and from Tamahere Dr to Devine Rd will run for six weeks. Paper copies are being hosted at a number of business and community venues, including; Tamahere Model Country School, Lil’ Pumpkins, Tamahere Four Square and Punnet Eatery.

The petition is also available to sign online www.TimvandeMolen.National.org.nz 

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