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Busy police and even busier roads between Queenstown and Milford sound this holiday season have highlighted the need for safety improvements, Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker says.

“Following the Government’s $1.4 billion safety announcement of safety upgrades in 2018, the South Island has been completely missed off the top priority list, with the only project south of Ashburton between Port Chalmers and Dunedin,” Mr Walker says.

“We know New Zealand roads are like no others, and those travelling in and out of Queenstown are some of the most unique in the country.”

“We’ve seen enough deaths on our roads down here and the safety concerns need to be addressed.”

“Work needs to be done in particular to improve the safety of those travelling in to Milford Sound and also between Five Rivers and Queenstown.”

“Both of these stretches of road are renowned for accidents.”

 “How many more deaths or crashes does there need to be for the Minister to wake up and invest in safety in the regions, in one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations.”

“Rumble lines and signs quite clearly are not cutting it and the safety of New Zealanders and international visitors are at risk if dramatic improvements are not made.”

“Suggestions of additional passing lanes or lowering the speed limit have been made, and now is the time for action.”

“I’m calling on this so-called kind and compassionate Government to be just that, and invest in people’s safety.”

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