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Over the weekend I heard from Roy Cox, who in the mid-1990s did a top job running the Jackson St Programme. He contacted me to comment on our story about congestion on Jackson St. He made the point that in the mid-1990s, the street’s retailers faced an uncertain future and could only dream of congestion.
What he was pointing to was that Petone, and Jackson St in particular, is the victim of its own success.
It is is now a destination for Wellingtonians drawn by cafes and big box retailers. It is easy to blame the council for the congestion but in fairness, it spent 20 years building up the area and encouraging growth. People wanted to see a vibrant and successful Petone and that is what we now have.
The plan change that allowed big box retailers in had plenty of public support.
So what can the council do? In the short term it needs to ban trucks from Jackson St and look at significantly improving public transport.
Finding a long-term solution will not be easy but at the very least they need to look at what can be done to improve traffic around the Kmart intersection.
— Nicholas Boyack, senior reporter.