No room in CBD

The Dominion Post - - Opinion -

Alan Smith’s Gully won’t fix road­ing headache (March 30) is ac­cu­rately ti­tled.

The com­bi­na­tion of Kapiti Ex­press­way, Otaki Ex­press­way and Trans­mis­sion Gully Mo­tor­way, will bring to the cap­i­tal grid­lock of ter­mi­nal sever­ity.

Trans­port plan­ners have failed to re­alise that State High­way 1 and SH2 lead into a cap­i­tal-sized cul-de­sac, our CBD and the roads to the air­port.

The plan­ners have stead­fastly ig­nored He­len Hughes, for­mer Par­lia­men­tary Com­mis­sioner for the En­vi­ron­ment, who in her 1990 Audit of the fu­ture SH1 route – En­vi­ron­ment Im­pact Re­port, stated that ‘‘the In­land Route (Trans­mis­sion Gully) has been planned to ac­com­mo­date an in­crease in com­muter road traf­fic that can­not ac­tu­ally be ac­com­mo­dated in the Welling­ton CBD.’’

An in­con­ve­nient truth ig­nored by trans­port plan­ners who love build­ing roads. CHRIS HORNE North­land

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