NZTA have compiled a summary of feedback from key stakeholders. This is an abridged version of their findings.
Just a reminder before you start, the two lane WLR could be open in 2012 and would cost $120 million.
The Proposed Sandhills Motorway will cost at least $500 million and NZTA report the Wellington RoNs will not be complete untill 2121 at the earliest.
Darren Hughes MP – Labour Spokesperson on Transport
none of the expressway options would meet the needs of either the local community or the travelling public
supports the two-lane Western Link Road as a local road .. and improvements to SH1.
Department of Conservation
undoubtedly impact on the nationally significant, and in some cases threatened, plant communities that occur through this corridor
It is considered that the WLR [Expressway] Option will have a significantly greater impact on both recorded and unrecorded archaeological sites
Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC)
the expressway options would affect local rivers/streams, access to rivers, floodplains, flood flow paths and land that it manages.
… the proposal would dissect a considerable parcel of land within the north eastern part of the park. This would potentially undermine the integrated management and use of QE park…
Horowhenua District Council
we do support whichever of these options will be completed soonest, or if there is little difference in the completion date, we support the lowest cost option.
Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce
the preferred expressway option must provide local connectivity between residential areas, good access between SH1 and Paraparaumu Airport and provide fair and prompt compensation and environmental mitigation
Kapiti Coast District Council
The KCDC believes the most appropriate package of transport options is two-lane Western Link Road (WLR) to be built at the earliest possible stage, fully integrated with the surrounding centres and environment
KCDC advises that it does not support the WLR Expressway Options as it considers they would both adversely affect the community and environment
KCDC does not consider that an expressway is necessary , nor will an expressway as proposed achieve more economic growth than the transport package it has proposed
Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council
supports…improving the safety, capacity and reliability of State Highway 1
notes that several of the options proposed have at least a ten year completion timeframe and would support an option that can be completed more quickly.
Also notes that the expressway options do not provide for cyclists or pedestrians.
The Board of Muaüpoko Tribal Authority Inc
We consider this option as the best option for iwi and mana whenua.
Options along the coastline or western route will be strongly opposed by Muaüpoko.
Nature Coast Enterprise
does not endorse any of the three expressway options.
Its preferred solution is an expressway that follows the rail alignment that is supported by a 50-70km/h Western Link Road
New Zealand Automobile Association
Busy highways with 10% heavy vehicle traffic are incompatible with residential low speed environments with older drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders
NZ Fire Service
The Paraparaumu Fire Station was relocated to Te Roto Drive in early 2009 to be in close proximity to the two-lane Western Link Road
..ensure safe and efficient access is available to the proposed local roads
Construction of the central section of the two-lane Western Link Road.
New Zealand Historic Places Trust
opposes the Western and WLR Expressway Options
The submission notes that the Eastern Option would have less impact on the Takamore wahi tapu area, and advises that both the Western and WLR Expressway options traverse a high concentration of archaeological sites.
Paekakariki Community Board
considers that the expressway proposals could have serious impacts on the Paekakariki community
considers that the existing weekend and peak hour congestion on SH1 does not warrant its relocation from its existing alignment. Rather it supports building the two-lane Western Link Road and upgrading SH1
Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board
questions why an expressway needs to be built at all.
It advises that the two-lane Western Link Road is the only option as it provides east-west and north-south connectivity.
Consideration should be given to the location of interchanges with regard to local
Porirua City Council
supports the KCDC submission
expenditure on the expressway to be deferred until later in the Wellington RoNS programme.
Road Transport Forum New Zealand
states that it does not have enough information on costs, road user benefits, and social/environmental effects
the expressway options presented seem to focus on through traffic rather than on local traffic
As an interim measure the forum submission advocates for a second bridge to be built
across the Waikanae River as soon as possible.
Te Runanga o Toa Rangatira Inc
It is undesirable for the expressway to go though QE2 Park
The historic importance of Whareroa Farm should be taken into account.
Te Runanga o Ati Awa Ki Whakarongotai Inc and the Takamore Trust
the trust suggests the only roading project that would potentially be acceptable to build in this area would be a two-lane local road and bridge across the Waikanae River to connect with local roads, pedestrian walkways and bicycle lanes
It suggests providing access to the Ruakohatu urupa by providing an underpass at Te Moana Road for vehicle and pedestrian access to Elizabeth Street
Waikanae Community Board
Whatever expressway option is chosen would have substantial detrimental effects on the Waikanae residents and the business community
It queries if there is a need for four-lanes through Waikanae and surrounding areas
Local access to the expressway is critical if the community is to realise any benefits
Congestion issues in Waikanae Town Centre are caused mainly by the traffic signals at Elizabeth Street and Te Moana Road which could be removed by constructing an underpass at Te Moana Road, which is required regardless of which option is preferred
WLR Expressway Option could create additional severance and split Waikanae into three. The board is concerned that there will be major impacts on the social structure and character of Waikanae, particularly at Waikanae Beach.
Travel times will be increased for residents who will have to loop around to access the expressway.
Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce
The chamber notes that a detailed cost benefit analysis was not provided
It comments that it is important that over-capitalisation does not occur on the preferred expressway
notes that the alignment does not support local connectivity.
It also notes that the Eastern Option provides the greatest travel time saving and is good for local connectivity,
Wellington Regional Transport Committee
recognises the need to provide for the efficient and safe movement of people and goods throughout the region.