Don’t route Link Road through Takapu Valley – message from Regional Council

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Regional councillors are being advised that they should not support routing the proposed Petone to Grenada link road through the Takapu Valley.

A draft submission to the Transport Agency, which councillors are being asked to approve tomorrow, states:

The Regional Council supports the provision of an east-west link between State Highway 2 (Petone) and State Highway 1 (Grenada). The need for a new link … is identified in the regional land transport strategy, the western and Hutt corridor plans, and the Regional Land Transport Programme 2012.

[But]

The Regional Council is not convinced that the scale of the Link Road is justified in terms of
. the additional north-south capacity proposed under some options (six-laning State Highway 1 north of Tawa or a new parallel north-south link through Takapu Valley)
and
. the proposed six-lane sections of the Link Road.

The capacity of the Link Road needs to be considered in the context of the wider transport network, including other modes. An unrestricted, free-flowing highway may be beneficial for vehicles and freight but will work against the objectives of increasing public transport patronage and maintaining affordable public transport.

The Regional Land Transport Strategy is clear in its support for removing severe congestion at key bottlenecks and improving travel time reliability on the strategic road network, but this does not mean that it is necessary or desirable to attempt to remove all congestion at peak times.

Analysis … suggests that the forecast level of service on the section of SH1 north of Tawa as a result of the new Link Road is unlikely to result in severe congestion over the next 20 years. As such we believe that there is a strong case to avoid or defer any increased north-south state highway capacity….

…We do not support the proposed Option D (Petone to Transmission Gully) alignment as we consider it is primarily focused on delivering additional north-soutn capacity which we not consider to be necessary. In addition. from a land use and environmental impacts perspective, Option D involves a large new road footprint through an existing unspoilt rural area for what we consider may be limited additional strategic benefit.

The draft paper offers strong support for a new grade-separated interchange at Petone, and says it will be important that safety for all modes including pedestrians and cyclists is a key consideration in the design. It also says that “mot providing cyclist facilities [on the link road] would be a missed opportunity.” It wants the link road to be classified as a highway rather than as a motorway which would prohibit use by cyclists.

The draft paper supports an alignment which would avoid the Belmont Regional Park, and opposes two alignments which it says “would have an unacceptable impact” on the park and the Korokoro Valley.

The draft submission in full

UPDATE: Regional Councillors delayed a decision on their submission while they carry out research on the Petone to Grenada road plans.

 

13 comments:

  1. Richard Bulger, 8. April 2014, 21:13

    We do need a Petone to Grenada link, but as for widening SH 1 or ramming a road up the beautiful Takapu Valley – which incidentally would shut off access to Belmont Park on the western side and take out the sports grounds at Grenada North amongst other things – well, what’s driving those? Those options have just appeared out of nowhere and are not justified on strategic, forecast traffic counts or cost grounds. NZTA should stick to what they started with, a road Petone to Grenada and use the $150m that they planned on using up the Takapu Valley on upgrading SH 58 – that will sort out the strategic route issues.

     
  2. Richard Brown, 8. April 2014, 21:36

    NZTA’s sudden plans to bulldoze the unspoilt rural Takapu Valley community, or Tawa homes, were made in isolation and don’t serve Wellington well. GWRC are against NZTA’s brutal and unnecessary plans to destroy my community and environment, after some careful strategic analysis. It’s also great that GWRC are recognising the impact on Belmont Regional Park access – that’s of high value to the wider community.

    Peter Dunne has already called for these plans to be scraped. It’s good to see commonsense starting to prevail against NZTA’s dinosaur thinking.

    Link to Peter Dunne’s press release: http://www.unitedfuture.org.nz/news/time-drop-link-road-proposal

     
  3. Bob, 8. April 2014, 21:43

    Goes to show what NZTA achieve when they come in over the top of Regional Strategic Planning – chaos!

    Thank heavens for the steady hand of the GWRC back on the tiller of sensible planning.

    NZTA are trying to bulldoze a community and pristine rural valley on traffic figures that everyone knows are wrong. Something is seriously broken.

    There is no justification to bulldoze Takapu valley and impact on the Belmont Regional Park.

     
  4. Ange, 8. April 2014, 21:56

    It’s good to see that the GWRC is seeing the commonsense and logic that the wider community sees.

     
  5. Dave Houston, 8. April 2014, 22:09

    How can NZTA justify running a 5km motorway through the countryside of Takapu Valley for the sake of saving a couple of minutes travel time or in fact if there is any at all. Families’ lives are being played with for the sake of a pet project. Once it’s gone, it’s gone for ever. Please NZTA look after the environment so my children and your children can enjoy the future, look at improving State 58.

     
  6. EKG, 8. April 2014, 22:14

    Here’s to the Councillors who get on-board and agree to this submission tomorrow. The pointless bulldozing of Takapu Valley and community doesn’t stack up.

     
  7. Colin, 8. April 2014, 23:38

    That lovely little Takapu Valley just does not deserve to be threatened by a bunch of NZTA planners who have convinced no one, as far as I can see, that these faceless people in their offices do in fact know what is best for us, the people.
    I don’t even live in Takapu Valley but think it would be a very sad day if another lovely piece of New Zealand vanished under another darned road.

     
  8. Raewyn, 9. April 2014, 6:42

    Even considering ploughing a motorway through Takapu Valley is just crazy. This would be such a catastrophic loss – the valley is not only “an unspoilt rural area” as stated, but a growing bush corridor for a wide range of birds. The stream would also be affected, if not destroyed, along with its population of kokopu and eels.
    In a country that promotes a clean green image they (NZTA/Govt) should be embarrassed to be even considering destroying an area like this for such minimal (if any) benefit.

     
  9. Peter Dunne, 9. April 2014, 17:40

    Big public meeting in Tawa tonight on Takapu Valley/SH1 road plans – overwhelming opposition: time for NZTA to drop the crazy plans altogether

     
  10. Bob, 9. April 2014, 21:57

    Peter Dunne spoke sense tonight at public meeting, with loud vocal support. He said NZTA’s sudden new plans north of Grenada (Tawa or Takapu Valley) are a disaster and need to be dropped immediately.

    Rod James of NZTA fronted but didn’t add much value; while lying about GWRC traffic analysis, he agreed with NZTA’s (saying traffic capacity was needed) which was not true. See section 2.2 saying no congestion in next 20yrs:

    http://www.gw.govt.nz/assets/council-reports/Report_PDFs/2014.190a2.pdf

     
  11. Mike, 10. April 2014, 8:34

    Peter nailed it last night. NZTA need to do the honourable thing now and state publicly that they have had a re-think, listened to the local MP, GWC,WCC and those affected, and are dropping ‘C’ and ‘D’ – and improving the commercial corridor SH2/SH58.

    Just connect up Transmission Gulley at Linden, Petone to Grenada (if built) south of Grenada. Job Done. QED.

    But do it soon so the whole Tawa Community can get their lives back!!

     
  12. Peter Dunne, 10. April 2014, 11:06

    No answers last night at Tawa from NZTA re why Takapu Valley or SH1 widening needed – just soothing platitudes. Not listening to local people. [via Twitter]

     
  13. Bob, 12. April 2014, 9:29

    Don’t understand what’s going on here? Check this map:
    http://www.takapuvalley.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/P2GnotP2TG.jpg

     

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