The facts about the Sandhills Expressway.
1) The 2 lane WLR could be up and running by mid 2012 – the Sandhills Expressway will not be open until 2019. Click here for more
2) GWRC traffic analysis shows that they is no need for the Sandhills Expressway as 30% of rush hour traffic between Waikanae and Paraparaumu is local journeys. For this we need the two lane local Western Link Road with a second bridge over the river. Click here for more
3) The so called consultancy was a joke, NZTA will not publish how many people “double voted”.
4) Over half those classified by NZTA as “other” wrote explicitly “build the two lane Expressway”. This means that more people want the two lane WLR than the four lane Sandhills Expressway. MNZTA now admit that, in parts, it will be six lanes.
5) The Colmar Brunton survey was a farce – people were only offered an Expressway. The “no Expressway” option was excluded. In fact the term “Western Link Road” was used by them to refer to the Expressway.
6) The Sandhills Expressway is longer by 1.5 km (each way) and every journey would take longer by 1 minute and 40 seconds (each way) according to GWRC figures.
7) GWRC figures also show at very best a theoretical 4 minute saving been Peka Peka and MacKays over the modified state highway one. Not the 12 minutes as claimed by at the time by vested interests.
8) The Sandhills Expressway does not resolve the Elizabeth Street issues. Rail electrification means that at rush hour the barriers will be down every 15 minutes. This means that the consultation cost estimates for the Sandhills Expressway have been underestimated.
9) The Sandhills Expressway cost estimates do provide a solution to the Paraparaumu airport connectivity issue. This means that the consultation cost estimates for the Sandhills Expressway have been underestimated.
10) The Sandhills Expressway cost estimates do not take into account the nine fly-overs or intersections needed for the WLR alignment. Again, the cost estimates for the Sandhills Expressway have been underestimated.
11) The Sandhills Expressway cost estimates do not take in to account the fact that KCDC will have to maintain the old state highway one. KCDC have not budgeted for this and this money will come from our rates.
12) The Sandhills Expressway cost estimates do not take in to account the additional cost of the purchase of the extra land in QEII part and do not take in to account the cost of the additional length of road.
13) The Sandhills Expressway route would destroy the wahi tapu land and urupa (sacred site). Any alternative route outside the WLR designation would destroy El Rancho or Puriri & Kauri Roads.