What you say about a Cross Val­ley link

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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!

ROSEMARYMCLENNAN, NORMANDALE

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.

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