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.