What you say about a Cross Valley link
A new Cross Valley link could make Hutt commuters less susceptible to natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis and liquefaction. Recently Labour announced it will be backing the Cross Valley link between Seaview/Wainuiomata and State Highway 2 if they win this month’s election.
This week on Neighbourly we opened a poll and asked you if you thought a Cross Valley link was a good idea. Out of 165 voters, 73.9 per cent were in favour, while 14.5 per cent said no. A further 11.6 per cent were unsure.
GEORGE BAKER, NAENAE
Needed now! We already have truck and trailer big rigs coming off at Kennedy-Good Bridge and going through down Naenae/ Fairfield Rd to Seaview. It will just get worse once Transmission Gully opens as more will use that and SH58. This needs to be in place before then.
BEVERLY PARTON, MOERA
It would also support more areas being opened up for housing in Wainuiomata. Re-opening rail from Seaview would move more and take the number of heavy trucks away from Hutt South.
SANDRA GREIG, NORMANDALE
This crops up every election, central or local ... So this time who is going to pay ... Our rates and taxes are high enough as it is. Yes it is a great idea, but as a Hutt road the Hutt council will have to pay? And that’s on our rates line? Ask the questions before answering.
OLIVER BUTT, WAIWHETU
It’s extremely disheartening to have our rates wasted on lawyers, chicken and gardens. Finally a project I’m happy to have it spent on.
RICHARD COLE, KOROKORO
I have been advocating for the Cross Valley link for years. Preserving The Esplanade from trucks and heavy traffic is important for the people who like to use Petone Beach. At the same time we need to encourage the use of rail to move bulk items.
PHILIP OTTO, TIROHANGA
Better infrastructure leads to fresher product being delivered to markets at more affordable prices, because of less transport costs. The more we develop and improve the roads the better for the economy of the country. Rimutaka Pass and the Transmission Gully could have provided export opportunities for the bigger Wairarapa, that would have increased the GDP of NZ years ago, these opportunities and income is lost. The sooner these projects become reality the better!
I believe one of the best suggestions for improving Hutt Valley transport options was from the late Glen Evans. It included a rebuild of the rail bridge that allowed improved design of the Cross Valley link.
STEVE MOORE, BOULCOTT
Essential for development of Petone Esplanade and to connect Wainuiomata, so it in turn can grow.
WHAT YOU SAID
A new Cross Valley link would reduce the number of trucks from the Seaview/ Gracefield industrial hub using Petone Esplanade.