Road car­ri­ers wel­come road­ing im­prove­ments

Horowhenua Chronicle - - GARDENING -

The Na­tional Road Car­ri­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, the coun­try’s lead­ing road trans­port or­gan­i­sa­tion, has wel­comed an­nounce­ments over road­ing im­prove­ments planned for the Horowhenua.

Plans an­nounced by the NZ Trans­port Agency in­clude safety up­grades and a new high­way from O¯ taki to north of Levin.

“It’s great news im­prove­ments are be­ing made around safety,” said David Aitken, the NRC’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer.

In the Horowhenua, the NZTA has said it will an­nounce the route of the Levin ex­press­way which will by­pass the town, early in the New Year.

“We all know this area has been a bot­tle­neck for decades,” said Aitken. “NZTA is talk­ing about just two lanes, but once again traf­fic vol­umes and pop­u­la­tion growth sup­port the need for four lanes.”

Mr Aitken said New Zealand had a his­tory of mak­ing road­ing im­prove­ments and then re­turn­ing a few years later to make more up­grades in the same area.

“A clas­sic case is what is hap­pen­ing in the Te Kauwhata area at the mo­ment. A few years ago, it was made three lanes. Now they are do­ing four lanes.”

Mr Aitken said the new projects in North­land and Horowhenua should be “done right first time with four lanes to take into ac­count fu­ture traf­fic vol­umes”.

These projects will be based on the pri­ori­ti­sa­tion of a to­tal of 12 ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture projects around the coun­try.

“It’s a nice story,” says Mr Aitken. “But we know it isn’t go­ing to hap­pen any­time soon. We need ac­tual dates and the knowl­edge they’re go­ing to get on with it.

The Otaki ¯ to north of Levin ex­press­way will rid the town of all the heavy trans­port that uses the main street.

“It will give the lo­cal com­mu­nity back its town, with­out all the out­side in­ter­fer­ence it has now,” says Mr Aitken.

“We know the new Govern­ment is pri­ori­tis­ing projects based on safety im­prove­ments to re­duce death and in­jury, value for money and re­duced emis­sions,” says Mr Aitken.

De­spite in­cen­tives to use rail and coastal freight al­ter­na­tives, the vast ma­jor­ity of in­ter­nal freight move­ments would still be by road trans­port, he said.

“We have lagged be­hind on in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments while the pop­u­la­tion and its de­mand for ev­ery­thing it needs has grown,” says Mr Aitken. “Our ma­jor road­ing net­work needs to catch up with the coun­try’s growth and freight move­ment needs.”

Na­tional Road Car­ri­ers rep­re­sents com­pa­nies in­volved in the road trans­port in­dus­try. It has 1800 mem­bers, who col­lec­tively op­er­ate 16,000 trucks through­out New Zealand. Phone Mo­bile 06 368 2037 06 368 1591 Ian 021 432 995 Ken 021 246 8202

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