Wgtn coun­cil re­jects Takapu link road

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Welling­ton City Coun­cil last week voted against pro­pos­als by NZ Trans­port Agency to build a link road through ru­ral Takapu Val­ley or to widen the Porirua mo­tor­way through Tawa, but sup­ported the pro­posed road from Pe­tone to Gre­nada.

The coun­cil’s trans­port and ur­ban devel­op­ment com­mit­tee chair­man, Andy Foster, said the planned Pe­tone to Gre­nada road would im­prove the con­nec­tion be­tween south­ern Hutt Val­ley and Porirua and north Welling­ton, re­duce pres­sure on Ngau­ranga Gorge, and pro­vide a re­silience op­tion should an event af­fect the har­bour­side Hutt mo­tor­way.

He said at the city coun­cil meet­ing on April 14 that most coun­cil­lors re­mained un­con­vinced by the need for the Takapu Val­ley road pro­posal, which was a late ad­di­tion to the Pe­tone-to-Gre­nada plan.

Coun­cil­lors also op­posed a NZ Trans­port Agency al­ter­na­tive plan to widen the mo­tor­way from the Tawa in­ter­change north to the pro­posed Trans­mis­sion Gully in­ter­change at Kenepuru.

Foster said the vote ac­knowl­edged the strong com­mu­nity op­po­si­tion to the roads.

‘‘Th­ese two pro­pos­als came out of the blue early last year, and were an un­pleas­ant sur­prise to the coun­cils and to res­i­dents,’’ he said.

‘‘Al­most all the 1400 sub­mis­sions NZ Trans­port Agency re­ceived op­posed ei­ther op­tion.

‘‘The coun­cil just does not think the case has been made for the Takapu link or the ad­di­tion of lanes to the mo­tor­way.’’

He said both pro­pos­als would cause ma­jor dis­rup­tion to com­mu­ni­ties along the routes, and the Takapu route in par­tic­u­lar was as­sessed as hav­ing po­ten­tially sig­nif­i­cant ad­verse en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­fects.

Coun­cil­lor He­lene Ritchie, who is also a North­ern ward rep­re­sen­ta­tive, said the Takapu road was en­tirely un­wanted and un­nec­es­sary.

She said four lanes were suf­fi­cient un­til 2031 and that the Takapu and Tawa links would not re­duce con­ges­tion.

Raewyn Bleak­ley, the NZ Trans­port Agency re­gional direc­tor for the cen­tral re­gion, said the agency wel­comed Welling­ton City Coun­cil’s recog­ni­tion and sup­port of the strong com­mu­nity de­sire for the Pe­tone-to-Gre­nada project.

She also noted the coun­cil res­o­lu­tions re­ject­ing both road­ing op­tions.

‘‘We will be tak­ing the time to un­der­stand the im­pli­ca­tions of th­ese res­o­lu­tions. We can con­firm, how­ever, that the de­tailed as­sess­ment still to come al­lows all op­tions to be fur­ther as­sessed,’’ Bleak­ley said.

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