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Woodend residents will continue to fight for a Woodend Bypass despite it not making the cut in the Government’s latest infrastructure spend up.

Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey says he is absolutely gutted the government has failed to commit to the Woodend Bypass in its transport infrastructure announcements.

Residents had asked him to continue to the fight, he says.

“Residents are telling me that children’s and people’s lives are at stake. The anger is there and we can’t give up.

“With the government still to announce further roading projects, we still have a chance to make our voices heard.

“This makes the Rally for Woodend on Sunday,February 9, even more necessary and it’s important we get a large turn-out.”

Mr Doocey says Canterbury has received a miserly share of the infrastructure spend.

“It’s staggering to think Auckland got billions yet Canterbury received $159 million ― and there’s nothing for North Canterbury. What’s fair about that?

“Woodend residents are left wondering how they are going to cross a state highway to get to schools and shops with daily vehicle movements expected to reach 20,000 this year.

I urge all our residents in Waimakariri to come out in visible support for Woodend on Sunday, February 9, at 12.30pm at Owen Stalker Park in Woodend.

“Bring your signs and placards. We want to be heard.”