Not quite at the end of the tunnel
Mark Moorhouse contributed a conversations piece for the Leader last week supporting a tunnel option over the Southern Link. We put this on Neighbourly for your discussion and this is what you had to say.
One word...COST!!! The combined population in the Nelson/Tasman region is currently less than 94000. How many ratepayers does that equate to compared to Wellington, Christchurch or Auckland?...so think about how much each Nelson ratepayer would have their rates increased by to pay for an appropriate tunnel???
Think about it! We keep looking for another option...tunnels have been brought up many times...along with the barges!...the solution was decided on and planned more than 5 decades ago. Many of us remember that fact. The many properties that were then secured, the width of St Vincent Street and the relocating of the fire and later the ambulance station is testament to that.
The silent majority are still waiting...The answer is sitting right there in front of us...and we still keep looking...
Ah yes, the link. A several million dollar way of shunting traffic problems somewhere else. Like say, creating the need to four lane Gloucester St to cater for the 15 minutes a day cram. All a Williams, waste of money. Live/work somewhere else if you can’t hack it, I say.
Tony Haddon, Maitai
I personally like the idea. Otherwise the traffic congestion will only get worse with increasing population and motor vehicles. As stated in the article think ahead 50 years, not 10 years. Dave Godman, Richmond Great idea but how does it get some traction?
Ron Kolk, Hope
I agree with the tunnel idea for heavy vehicles if it is technically do-able. I also love the idea of a ‘‘park and ride’’ system from the airport into town. We are going to have an increase in traffic when the new airport opens. Maybe in the near future there could be a light railway joining up with the existing Founders railway. Adding more roads for traffic and not thinking about public transport is (and I quote) ‘‘like loosening the belt of an obese man’’... it just allows him to grow fatter but doesn’t address the real problem.
Carolyn Sygrove, The Brook It’s so tiresome to hear the argument that because the southern link was first suggested fifty years ago we should go ahead with it.
Clear felling Nelson province’s remaining beech forests and replanting them with pine was also suggested about fifty years ago, as was a nuclear power plant near Auckland and the Heaphy highway. Should we push on with those ideas too?
Duncan Davidson. Toitioi
A tunnel would be great. Why not a toll till it’s paid off?
Penny Soulsby, Toi Toi
I’m really pleased to see that public transport gets a mention in this article. It seems a logical part of the discussion and, in my opinion, we could really do with some much better services in Nelson Tasman.
Karyn White, Richmond