Link road to split Takapu Val­ley

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The Pe­tone-Gre­nada high­way ap­pears des­tined to run through Takapu Val­ley, af­ter most of the af­fected coun­cils threw their sup­port be­hind the idea.

Welling­ton City, Porirua and Kapiti Coast coun­cils all want to see a two-lane link road built through the val­ley north of Welling­ton to connect the pro­posed fourlane Pe­tone-Gre­nada high­way with the Trans­mis­sion Gully mo­tor­way.

NZ Trans­port Agency has said the link road is needed to take the pres­sure off State High­way 1 at Tawa, which could have an ex­tra 9000 ve­hi­cles a day once the Gully mo­tor­way is con­nected to the north in 2020 and Pe­tone-Gre­nada is con­nected to the south in 2023.

Build­ing the link road would af­fect one house and a fur­ther 21 land parcels.

If it does not go ahead, the other so­lu­tion is to widen SH1 at Tawa from four lanes to six, which would af­fect six houses and 30 land parcels.

But Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil is not con­vinced ei­ther op­tion is needed, and has called on the agency to take a ‘‘wait and see’’ ap­proach.

The re­gional coun­cil be­lieves the fore­cast 19 per cent surge in con­ges­tion through to 2031 is not that sig­nif­i­cant and says it is un­cer­tain ex­actly when it will ma­te­ri­alise, if at all.

The var­i­ous coun­cil opin­ions have been ex­pressed by their chief ex­ec­u­tives in a re­port that will be de­bated by the re­gional coun­cil’s re­gional trans­port com­mit­tee next week.

The com­mit­tee, on which all of the Welling­ton re­gion’s may­ors sit, has been asked to sup­port the Takapu link road op­tion.

The fi­nal de­ci­sion will be made by NZTA this year.

The chief ex­ec­u­tives’ re­port says build­ing the Takapu link or widen­ing SH1 at Tawa would re­duce travel times south dur­ing the morn­ing rush by 10 to 30 sec­onds, while travel times north would im­prove by 90 to 170 sec­onds in the evening.

The link road is ex­pected to cost be­tween $30 mil­lion and $60m, while widen­ing SH1 would cost be­tween $25m and $60m.

Stephen Mulholland, whose prop­erty would be split in two by the Takapu link road, ques­tioned what in­for­ma­tion had been pro­vided to the chief ex­ec­u­tives by NZTA.

He be­lieved the link road would be more ex­pen­sive, less ef­fi­cient and re­quire the de­mo­li­tion of more homes than the agency had claimed.

He called for the brief­ing pa­pers to be made public.

Raewyn Bleak­ley, direc­tor of NZTA’s cen­tral re­gion, said the or­gan­i­sa­tion had been very open about the pros and cons of each op­tion and would be re­leas­ing in­for­ma­tion from the coun­cil brief­ings this month.

Wrong di­rec­tion: Stephen Mulholland, whose Takapu Val­ley farm would be split in two by the pro­posed link road, says it would be more ex­pen­sive, less ef­fi­cient and re­quire the de­mo­li­tion of more homes than NZ Trans­port Agency has claimed.

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