11 Feb 2019

Roading contractors nervous as projects finish

From Morning Report, 6:45 am on 11 February 2019

Roading contractors are worried about the risk of redundancies, as big projects wind up and the government shifts its focus. The National government had a strong focus on roading - but the Labour-led government has shifted that, changing plans for new four-lane highways in favour of improving existing roads and investment in public transport. The managing director of major contractor Fulton Hogan, Cos Bruyn, told reporter Tom Furley there could be lay-offs and companies might struggle to change tack. The Transport Minister Phil Twyford says while the government's priorities have shifted, it is spending more on infrastructure work than before.