Transport Minister Michael Wood has declined NZTA’s proposal to make the new Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway a toll road, NZ Herald reports. NZTA’s tolling proposal was received with strong community opposition, with 80% of those impacted against it. Dubbed as the “holiday highway,” the project is estimated to be worth $877.5m, and would extend the four-lane Northern Motorway (SH1) by 18.5km, from the Johnstone’s Hill tunnels to just north of Warkworth.

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