New in­ter­change a ‘‘lolly scram­ble’’

Wairarapa News - - FRONT PAGE - JACK BAR­LOW AND ILLYA MCLEL­LAN

A pro­posed Up­per Hutt in­ter­change is a sign of an elec­tion time lolly scram­ble, Master­ton mayor Lyn Pat­ter­son said.

Na­tional’s prom­ise of a $72 mil­lion mo­tor­way in­ter­change on SH2 in Lower Hutt if re­elected raised eye­brows, given the gov­ern­ment’s re­luc­tance to tackle is­sues on SH2 in Master­ton and Carter­ton.

Yet Pat­ter­son, who has been vo­cal in her sup­port of road­ing projects, said it was a sign of the times.

‘‘It’s just a lolly scram­ble,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s elec­tion time. I don’t re­ally know how some­thing like that could jump ahead when there are var­i­ous pro­cesses in place.’’

Two SH2 in­ter­sec­tions - Nor­folk Rd in Carter­ton and Ngau­mutawa Rd in Master­ton - have been de­scribed as ac­ci­dents wait­ing to hap­pen.

Pat­ter­son said the NZ Trans­port Agency (NZTA) had been look­ing into safety im­prove­ments for the Master­ton to Carter­ton trans­port cor­ri­dor.

‘‘They’re look­ing at the round­abouts on Nor­folk Rd and Ngau­mutawa Rd, along with other safety im­prove­ments along the Master­ton to Carter­ton cor­ri­dor,’’ she said.

‘‘Where there’s an ur­gent safety need NZTA have acted very quickly, and SH2 from Carter­ton to Master­ton has been rec­om­mended as an area that needs work done on it.’’

She pointed to Mt Bruce, which was re­cently al­lo­cated nearly $5 mil­lion, as an ex­am­ple of ac­tion taken where safety was para­mount.

Pat­ter­son has pre­vi­ously spo­ken out about a lack of ac­tion from gov­ern­ment agen­cies on SH2.

‘‘Ngau­mutawa Road is a dan­ger­ous in­ter­sec­tion and needs to be fixed. Peo­ple have told me they see near-misses al­most daily,’’ she said.

‘‘I also know that Carter­ton Mayor John Booth has been try­ing to get some­thing done about the Nor­folk Road in­ter­sec­tion for some time as well, which is well known for se­ri­ous ac­ci­dents.’’

McCarthy Trans­port man­ager Stan Sayer said he met with the old trans­port au­thor­ity 15 years ago to talk about the prob­lems with the Ngau­mutawa Road in­ter­sec­tion and it was frus­trat­ing noth­ing had been done about it.

‘‘Our truck driv­ers don’t like us­ing it, be­cause it is like rus­sian roulette pulling out there some­times.’’

JACK BAR­LOW/ STUFF

The in­ter­sec­tion of Ngau­mutawa Road and SH 2 in Master­ton.

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