Gully road gains pace

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The NZ Trans­port Agency has wel­comed a min­is­te­rial de­ci­sion to re­fer Trans­mis­sion Gully re­source con­sent ap­pli­ca­tions and no­tices of re­quire­ment to a board of in­quiry.

This board will take nine months to de­cide if the project can go ahead as planned, in­clud­ing hear­ing sub­mis­sions, fast-track­ing a process that other­wise could have taken years. If ap­proved, con­truc­tion could be­gin by 2015. NZTA Welling­ton State High­ways man­ager Rod James said the Min­is­ter for the Environment’s de­ci­sion to re­fer the ap­pli­ca­tions to a board of in­quiry was an ex­cit­ing and im­por­tant mile­stone for the Welling­ton re­gion, since the gully route has been talked about for decades.

‘‘We will con­tinue to work closely with the com­mu­nity, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and other stake­hold­ers to en­sure they are fully in­formed about the ap­pli­ca­tions.

‘‘All the in­for­ma­tion in­cluded in the ap­pli­ca­tions is avail­able on our web­site and through that of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity,’’ he said.

NZTA’s ap­pli­ca­tions were lodged at the same time as those from Porirua City Coun­cil and Trans­power.

NZTA’s ap­pli­ca­tions are for the main Trans­mis­sion Gully route and the Kenepuru link road, while the Porirua City Coun­cil’s ap­pli­ca­tions per­tain to the link roads into Whitby and Wai­tan­girua.

Mr James said the board of in­quiry process pro­vided an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for sub­mit­ters sup­port­ing or op­pos­ing ap­pli­ca­tions to have their sub­mis­sions heard and con­sid­ered.

The Trans­mis­sion Gully project forms the MacK­ays to Lin­den seg­ment of the Welling­ton North­ern Cor­ri­dor which runs from Levin to Welling­ton Air­port.

An in­ter­change will con­nect the Trans­mis­sion Gully route to State High­way 58, with an­other in­ter­change con­nect­ing to Porirua City Cen­tre and Lin­den via the Kenepuru link road. Two link roads will con­nect Whitby and Wai­tan­girua to the route via the planned James Cook in­ter­change.

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