Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


We deserve better over Transmission Gully

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wellingtonians' deserve better over Transmission Gully

Porirua City Councillor Robert Shaw says calls to examine further alternatives to Transmission Gully typical of bureaucrats who want to avoid simple truth.

Transit NZ has a short memory. The alternatives to Transmission Gully have been examined over a period of 15 years and over $2 million has been spent already on transport plans for Wellington.

The correct forum for a decision on transport plans is the Wellington Regional Land Transport Committee.

They have consistently concluded that Wellington needs better access north and that Transmission Gully is a key part of that access.

This conclusion was based on research over a long period of time and Transit NZ and all the councils have been a part of that work.

Now we have a plethora of vested interest groups saying with varying degrees of politeness that the coast should be sacrificed for a road.

But that does not solve the security problems that require an alternative route.

It does not solve the capacity problem either unless you are willing to sacrifice the coastal marine area between Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki.

Even if we do sacrifice the coastal marine area, we know any little shake will make the cliff fall on any road that is built.

We know for certain that delays in key decision making have cost Wellington dearly.

We know that heavy rain can leave Wellington cut off from the north.

We know we are vulnerable to earthquakes.

We know we have invested in a hospital that is remote from the population.

We know the upgrade of state highway one will not solve the commuters problems.

We know communities are being destroyed by unnecessary road works.

We know $46 million has been wasted on works that were not a priority in Wellington's regional transport plans.

And, we know that the road is practical - Transit was buying land, seeking consents, and planting trees in preparation for the building project.

We need to ask Transit why it is suddenly going to take so long to build the road. For years they said it would need two years to plan and two years to build.

Wellingtonians should unite behind the existing plan which calls for the immediate construction of the Transmission Gully Motorway. They should not be deflected. They should make it clear that this is an election issue in Wellington, the Hutt, Porirua and Kapiti.

For more information: Robert Shaw - Porirua City representative on the Regional Land Transport Committee.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news