Wairarapa News - - FRONT PAGE -

Lack of traf­fic con­ges­tion used to be one of Wairarapa’s best at­tributes.

I say ‘‘used to be’’ be­cause I’ve no­ticed an alarm­ing trend lately. Heavy traf­fic on State High­way 2 dur­ing non-peak hours.

Our sis­ter news­pa­per the Do­min­ion Post led with a story on the front page this week about more traf­fic in Welling­ton con­gest­ing their roads for longer and it looks like the prob­lem is spilling over the hill.

The prospect of a re­gional fuel tax is on the hori­zon and though it is un­palat­able to most to have to pay more at the pump, re­gional trans­port has to be a pri­or­ity and that also in­cludes rail.

It’s all very well say­ing trans­port should be user pays, but that’s like say­ing the rest of the body should not take care of the blood cir­cu­la­tion net­work.

Trans­porta­tion is crit­i­cal to civil­i­sa­tion and when it grinds to a halt, it’s a sign of a sick­en­ing sys­tem.

Let’s not let our traf­fic go the way of Auck­land, which would also be a great place to live if it wasn’t such a night­mare to get around. - Piers Fuller Through Neigh­bourly, you can read the lat­est news di­rect from the Welling­ton news­room and sub­mit story ideas to our jour­nal­ists. Neigh­bourly gives you the chance to meet peo­ple who’ll get your heart rac­ing, whether it be a neigh­bour­hood run­ning club or a free boot camp in the lo­cal park. Neigh­bourly can be used as a dig­i­tal mar­ket­place that you can share un­wanted goods with your neigh­bours, whether it be free lemons or sell­ing a mi­crowave. Pets can some­times get lost if they stray too far from their home. Neigh­bourly mem­bers can list lost or found pets in the hope of re­unit­ing them with their own­ers.

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