To Jenny Chetwynd
Regional Director, NZ Transport Agency
As one of the people who made the decision to pull the funding to install wire median barriers along SH1 between Otaihanga and Waikanae, I hold you responsible for the latest addition to the death toll on this stretch of road. I also hold you accountable for the lost time hundreds of commuters experienced due to the lack of an alternative western link route for them to use.
Again, you are one of the ‘team’ who is responsible for axing this proposal.
You and transport minister Steven Joyce are responsible for wasting taxpayers’ time, money and now lives.
You stated that ‘only high-priority projects will be funded’. What exactly do you consider ‘high-priority’? How many lives must be lost before you realise upgrades to state highway one along this stretch are desperately needed along with a western link local road?
At a meeting with Kapiti coasters, Steven Joyce said that he would not stop the ridiculous expressway proposal which, it is becoming increasingly obvious, is flawed on so many levels, because ‘we’ve come too far to turn back’.
How much more money has to be wasted before you realise even your upper limit of $550 million was conservative? How many more lives must be lost before you and your ‘team’ realise the only sensible solution is to upgrade SH1 and install a local western link road NOW.
This letter was first published on October 1, one day after a head-on crash in which a woman was killed on SH1 north of the Otaihanga intersection. We are republishing it because of yesterday’s accident on the same stretch of road, in which two people were killed and five people were injured.
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