Thursday, March 19, 2009

Welcome news

We visit Wellington fairly frequently. Sometimes it's for business, and sometimes for pleasure; sometimes it's a combination of both. But whatever the reason we are visiting Wellington for, getting there is frequently a pain in the posterior. And so we were delighted to read this afternoon that the road between Levin and Wellington is one of seven projects tagged as roads of "national significance" to be given priority for development. TYransport Minister Steven Joyce has announced that $1.8 to 2 billion has been earmarked for the project.

From Wanganui, it's generally a good run to Levin, But as you exit Levin, you come to the Kimberley Road intersection, the back road to Palmerston North and points east. From there, it can be a real grind into the capital. Anything that can be done to improve traffic flows will be most welcome. We doubt however that Transmission Gully will be built in our lifetimes.

11 comments:

Leg Break said...

What Levin needs is a flyover.

Inventory2 said...

Fair comment LB - better still would be a bypass from about the Waitarere Beach turnoff - following the coast down to around Peka Peka

Leg Break said...

I'd have it coming out south of Paraparaumu; avoid that Blue Rinse ghetto altogether.

pdm said...

For we Hawkes Bay people Levin town isn't a problem. In fact there was a time when it was a `compulsory stop' for a meal at a very good restaurent (read old time fish and chip restaurent).

It is at Kimberley Road where we hit SH1 and where the delays begin. I reckon any bypass needs to start north of Otaki and come out somewhere around Porirua - two lanes each way. Fund it by a special Infrastructure Government Stock issue and toll it to pay interest and the capital at maturity.

If the Government cannot raise the funds try private sources - McQuarries used to be good at that sort of thing.

Inventory2 said...

That would be the ideal, but unworkable I would think, given the urbanisation of Waikanae, Paraparumu and Raumati. The cost of acquiring land would be horrific!

Baxter said...

The part I hate most is Foxton, a long dreary drag at 50K usually closely policed to catch anyone whose patience runs out.

Leg Break said...

pdm,

Aren't you better going the Wairarapa way?

I always go that way when I go to the Bay; not because it's any shorter or anything, it's just a nicer drive.

And you don't have to go through Shannon, which would have to be the worst small town in NZ

pdm said...

Sometimes we do LB but Carterton, Greytown and to a lesser extent Featherston are a pain that way. It often depends where in Wellington we are going to and if it is the Central City we usually go via Shannon which has a very nice little cafe if the timing is right for smoko.

Pique Oil said...

I am one of those evil people that joins SH1 @ kimberley. The problems start the closer to Otaki I get. The main street is a strip mall of outlet shops and is narrow.
If you are travelling north and the traffic is heavy, turn off before the supermarket and take the street one back from SH1(dunstan st) It goes all the way through town, turn right onto Mill rd and you are at the roundabout at the end of town.
Saves dodging pedestrians and campervans.

Inventory2 said...

The story on Stuff said that Joyce is yet to make a final decision on Transmission Gully, so maybe the initial focus will be from Kimberley Rd to Mackay's Crossing

pdm said...

If he does that INV2 it is sure going to be `trick and treat' from Paekok to the Whitby roundabout - both ways.