Just to show we’re not all tree-hugging beardies(*) with no sense of humour, here are some mock billboards we’d like to see.
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(*) Research indicates the beard-to-non-beard ratio is about 1:12. Trees are hugged more than beards. Sad but true.
If NZTA decide to purchase your house or land, you will be compensated (in France they start at double the value). However, if you end up with seven meters of noisy and smelly motorway adjoing your house or at the foot of your garden you are entitled to nothing, nada, diddley-squat.
Figures provided by GWRC show that the Sandhills Expressway is 1.5 kilometers longer than an upgraded SH-1 and that every journey will take 1 minute 40 seconds longer in each direction.
Figures provided by NZTA show that the Sandhills Expressway will open at the very earliest in 2019, a full seven years after the two lane WLR would have opened. This will be brought to you by the same people that were so successful in bringing the Mackay’s Crossing upgrade in on time.
When the money begins to run-out the cost-cutting will start. Cheaper, noisier chippings will be used with less mitigation and the bunding will be lower allowing more traffic noise and fumes to escape in to the community.
With State Highway one being routed over the Sandhills Expressway, KCDC will be left to maintain the existing road. No additional budget has been allocated by central government (NZTA) and so this money will come out of our local rates forcing cuts in essential services.
People were told that by choosing the Sandhills Expressway option they will be rewarded with the building of Raumati Station. In fact by building this motorway more people will be encouraged to drive and the case for additional investment in rail is worsened.
With government debt such a burden, one proposal is to make the Sandhills Expressway a privately owned toll road. Public private partnership they call it. So not only do we pay to build the thing, but we have to pay each time we want to use it.
Why do we live on the Kapiti coast? To be by the sea. Those who want fast access to Wellington can live there. Not only will the community severance reduce our access to the beach, it will divide the neighborhood. It is a lifestyle change for all who live here, to provide a benefit for those who just want to wave two fingers as driving past.
Figures released by GWRC in 2005 show that here are a few “pinch points” which would be removed by some improvements to State Highway 1 and a local road with a second bridge across the Waikanae river. Thirty percent of journeys between Waikanae and Paraparaumu are “local” and would avoid the State Highway if the two lane WLR were built.
Download these and others as a (PowerPoint) collection:
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