Move on traf­fic

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

Coun­cil­lor Kropp (KMN, Au­gust 14) points to a prob­lem which has arisen be­cause of the Porirua City Coun­cil’s pro­mo­tion of the Trans­mis­sion Gully mo­tor­way as the so­lu­tion to Mana Es­planade traf­fic flows.

The coun­cil has taken ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to frus­trate im­prove­ments to the ex­ist­ing road in or­der to achieve early achieve­ment of that so­lu­tion. With the gully route con­sented, it is time for it to move on.

The com­ple­tion of the gully route presently is pro­grammed to be some 10 years away. Given the gov­ern­ment’s short­age of money, the very low traf­fic growth rates in the Welling­ton re­gion and the poor cost-ben­e­fit ra­tio of the gully route rel­a­tive to other sec­tions of the High­ways of Na­tional Sig­nif­i­cance, avail­abil­ity of fi­nance may post­pone com­ple­tion for more than 20 years.

Lo­cal im­prove­ments should be based on this pes­simistic premise. It is time for the coun­cil to stop lis­ten­ing to the likes of the Pare­mata Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion and con­sider the good of its wider community and road users.

M J WIL­LIAMS, Tawa.

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