I feel proud when I drive down Tauranga's Eastern Link at 110km.
It's such a smooth ride, with little road noise and it feels very safe. This section of motorway is one of the safest in the country and that is why the speed limit was raised. It's great to have been the Minister of Transport ensuring our best and safest roads go to 110km.
We are in the thick of peak time on NZ roads as Kiwis drive to holiday destinations and visit family and friends. It's so good to be able to offer people travelling in our region a modern motorway that meets the best international standards. It also highlights the growth and prosperity of this region and is in line with other motorways internationally.
National has led the way with these types of roading initiatives and I hope the new government continues on our path.
As you are making your plans for New Year's Eve, I want to wish you safe travels. I am planning to spend some time around the barbecue with my family. I also want to wish you a very happy New Year. I hope 2018 will be your best year so far.