LINCOLN RD TRAFFIC
With the ongoing congestion on Lincoln Rd and planned multimillion dollar alterations, I believe there is a simpler less costly solution which could give better results.
The solution, a ring road consisting of a one-way multi lane Lincoln Rd from Swanson Rd intersection to the Triangle Rd/ Central Park Drive intersection, and a one-way multi lane return direction along Central Park Drive.
The connecting intersections would remain two-way. This would increase peak flow capacity in both directions. Traffic lights could be reprogrammed to eliminate opposing traffic needs therefore speeding up waiting time at lights. Turning at junctions on Lincoln Rd and Central Park Drive would be safer and quicker.
There would be less rebuilding needed, less money spent, and less time to achieve the changes. BRIAN BAILEY
WEST AUCKLAND PASTOR
Self-styled pastor Logan
Robertson is a very silly man. Does he not realise that if all women were at home baking cakes, not only would the obesity problem escalate, but main hospitals, schools retirement homes, shops, offices and factories would close down due to lack of staff and office blocks would not be cleaned or canteens provided meals. The days when an average family could survive on one income are long gone.
NATIONAL’S CAMPAIGN LAUNCH
Today I made a special effort to attend the National Party campaign launch in Waitakere and was dismayed to not be allowed through the gate. The security guards were only letting in ‘approved people’ with paper tickets. Apparently these were ordered online in advance, but this was not stated in the hourly Radio NZ news bulletins which acted as free advertising for the event. I thought it was for anyone interested in hearing the National Party politicians present their policies, presumably to attract voters. Thus, I was surprised to be unable to get a ticket at the door of the Henderson stadium which holds 3000 people and was far from full.
I stood at the gate for over an hour in the cold grey wind, in silent contemplation or chatting with the guards and police. The rationale was to not allow protesters into the event, but I was there alone as a member of the public trying to understand the National Party position. This strict exclusion of people is surely counterproductive with hostile security to control and separate people into rigid camps. A friend attempted to get me a ticket from a friend inside the stadium but to no avail. It was particularly odd that parents who had tickets, were not allowed to bring their child in without a separate ticket.
This was so different from my political education experience last Sunday in the city at the Labour Party campaign launch. Although the town hall was full there was a welcoming overflow theatre where I could watch the whole show and be part of something meaningful for the people of Aotearoa. Security and police were not obstructive. Afterwards, the politicians including the leader Jacinda Ardern mixed in a relaxed manner with the crowd in Aotea Square. This is the New Zealand I want to be part of. LAURIE ROSS
West Auckland Peace Group
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National Party leader Bill English.