Cars and vibrancy

Another letter that made it into the DomPost sometime in March 2016:

Cars and Vibrancy

It was depressing reading your front page (March 22) and other items about Wellington traffic. It surely must be obvious that this traffic is part of what makes a very small city so vibrant. Without it Wellington would be a boring public service village with a basket-case economy.

The Government realises that good roads are essential for economic growth. They carry goods and services and provide flexibility for people that public transport can never achieve. Given that light rail is a pipedream, they (roads) are essential also for buses. Wellington’s council and some inner suburbs can’t see this and want to go back to bikes, to lower speed limits and to remove developers’obligations on parking.

The government is paid election bribes by the Road Transport Forum and the AA (and probably others) to help with their interests. The fact that the roads are a popular vote-winner is a happy coincidence.

New Zealand has record car sales and car ownership rates. Cars are the most popular transport, and are not going away. A small number of good roads would lead to huge improvements in transport efficiency.

For instance, it is weird that the NZ Transport Agency is not building the Petone/Tawa road urgently, this would greatly reduce the load on the southern motorway and Hutt Rd and divert traffic away from Wellington pressure points.

A small number of good roads? Beacuse the Inner-city bypass, Dowse Interchange, “smart” motorway, Kapiti Expressway, Haywards and Transmission Gully aren’t good roads?  And the $430 million-dollar Petone to Grenada link – the road that promises to help all 25 people commuting between Pourirua and Lower Hutt? Hmmmm.

We’re witnessing the effect of induced congestion – more roads aint going to solve your problems bud.

It would be good for the whole region if Wellingtonians could get rid of council ostriches and NZTA got thinking.

Interesting – maybe we could build a time machine for this chap, or just send him to the US.

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