Manawatu¯ Gorge: Your thoughts

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Have you been affected by re­peated clo­sures that have plagued the Manawatu¯ Gorge in re­cent years?

If you have, then we want to hear your thoughts, experiences and ideas about this beau­ti­ful, yet ge­o­log­i­cally un­sta­ble, land­mark nestled be­tween the Ruahine and Tararua ranges.

The gorge is a vi­tal trans­port link be­tween the lower North Is­land and Hawke’s Bay but ma­jor slips in 2011, 2015 and April this year have seen the New Zealand Trans­port Agency shut it down in­def­i­nitely.

The clo­sures have led to ma­jor prob­lems for com­muters and the lo­gis­tics industry, while also caus­ing eco­nomic losses for busi­nesses that de­pend on the steady stream of traf­fic flow­ing through the gorge.

Small town New Zealand has also been im­pacted, with set­tle­ments in the Tararua district, such as Woodville and Pahiatua, all strug­gling with the re­duced through traf­fic.

And, on the other side of the gorge, the Manawatu¯ vil­lage of Ash­hurst has strug­gled to cope with the in­creased num­ber of cars and trucks now hav­ing to by­pass through its nor­mally sleepy streets.

How have the clo­sures affected you?

What do you think needs to be done about it?

Which of the al­ter­na­tive

op­tions do you think are the best?

We’re look­ing for sub­mis­sions of 300 words or more so if you’re in­ter­ested please visit man­awa­tu­s­tan­dard.co.nz or email stuff­na­tion@stuff.co.nz.

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/STUFF

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