Costly di­ver­sion

Nelson Mail - - COMMENT&OPINION -

Graeme Skin­ner writes on April 10 that ‘‘Rocks Road is a valu­able as­set ‘‘. He is right, but for the wrong rea­sons.

Walk­ing and cy­cling along it en­joy­ing the view and open space is won­der­ful. En­hanc­ing the area for these, ac­tiv­i­ties will not in­crease its use or draw more vis­i­tors to the re­gion. Rocks Road’s orig­i­nal pur­pose was to achieve a direct route be­tween the pro­duc­tive ar­eas of the re­gion and Port Nel­son. There is no doubt this is still the case. Divert­ing the 90 trucks in 40 min­utes that Graeme ob­served, up over Bish­op­dale means they each travel one kilo­me­tre fur­ther to port or city exit; 90 kilo­me­tres more in 40 min­utes.

I won­der if the dream­ers who want the Nel­son by­pass have con­sid­ered how much more fuel would be used trans­port­ing the MDF from fac­tory to port.

Cal­cu­lat­ing on 50 loads per day that would be a 100km fur­ther per day plus the climb over Bish­op­dale each trip would use 2 to 3 litres more fuel. To cal­cu­late at 2.5 L/round trip, that would be near 45,000L more per year, all in the city air shed.

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