New Waikato Expressway concerns locals

By Wepiha Te Kanawa

Ngāruawahia is a town known for many things, and is always a safe spot to grab something to eat when travelling between Auckland and Hamilton.

But the new Waikato Expressway that was opened last year has business owners worried.

The BP service station in the area use to attract the mornings early birds. But due to the Express Motorway things have quietened down.

However, many locals are thrilled that the heavy logging trucks and fast cars will be diverted away from their town to a motorway.

Despite the decrease in visitors, some locals still believe the new expressway won't change much, and drivers will continue to pass through Ngāruawahia.