The Hutt Granada Road
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THE HUTT GRANADA ROAD
The debate on the Wellington Regional Land Transport Strategy has become confused on one key issue, says Porirua City Councillor Robert Shaw.
Few realize the reasons behind the plan to build a Hutt - Granada link road.
Cr Shaw says the Hutt to Granada link road is designed to lessen traffic on the Melling to Ngauranga section of SH2. "It simply cuts off a corner for 25% of the traffic that now heads from the Hutt to Wellington."
"That road is irrelevant so far as Porirua and transmission gully are concerned" he said.
"The best link from the Hutt to SH1 would be the direct link from Belmont to Pauatahanui.
This has a high cost benefit ratio and would integrate the Hutt and transmission gully.
In an earlier examination of the Belmont link it was rejected in favour of the quick fix to Granada.
Now we are forced to again examine the whole strategy, the Belmont to Transmission Gully route should be considered.
It is very much in the interests of business in Hutt City that a direct road to the north is established.
It would also enable the Hutt and Porirua business districts to operate together. The travel time between them would become an incredibly short 12 minutes!
The road would also facilitate the opening up of Belmont Regional Park to the public."