Gully road gains pace
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.