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More spending on roads is great for Kāpiti, says mayor

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
The confirmation of large scale infrastructure investment in the lower North Island will boost connectivity and resilience in the region, Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan says.

The Government today announced funding for a four lane highway from Ōtaki to north of Levin by 2029 and a $211 million investment in the region’s rail network by 2025. Road construction is expected to start in 2025.

“This is great news for Kāpiti and the wider region and will bring significant improvements for our people, communities and businesses, although an earlier start to construction would make sense,” Mayor Gurunathan says.

“A north-south road connection between Ōtaki and Levin that connects with the Kāpiti expressways and the forthcoming Transmission Gully will reduce travel times, make doing business easier and, crucially, improve our resilience.

“Residents in both Kāpiti and our neighboring districts have been crying out for this project to go ahead for years. We welcome this commitment to action.”

Ōtaki Councillor and transport portfolio holder James Cootes says better road links will make getting around the region safer.

“The difference in driving experience between the new roads we have and our older ones is stark,” Mr Cootes says. “It will be great to have some improved safety elements on this regionally and nationally important link. With growth in both Kāpiti and Horowhenua set to continue in the coming years it is absolutely vital we have the infrastructure we need to manage this and maximise opportunities.”

Mr Cootes says more investment in rail would have been welcomed. “Late last year the Regional Council put forward a $415 million business case to boost capacity as our communities grow. We supported this proposal and look forward to seeing how this might progress.”

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  1. Elaine Hampton, 30. January 2020, 11:17

    Mmmm, still all about cars isn’t it. What are we bequeathing to the next generation?

  2. Dave B, 30. January 2020, 15:02

    Planners worry that with population increasing then demand for roads will also inevitably increase. But of course it will, if all we do is build new roads and do so little to build up non-car alternatives. Building more roads just becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy that “we need more roads”. We are still stuck in the 1970’s mindset that sees this as the only way forward. I had hoped the present government would help us break out of this vicious circle. Have they lost their nerve to pursue the course they advocated at the last election?

  3. Paul Callister, 30. January 2020, 15:30

    So much for the climate emergency resolution agreed to by KCDC last year chaired by Guru. It seems roads and planes (KCDC support for Chathams Air) are what the Mayor is keen on. Emissions keep going up when they need to go down