New Four Lane Highway on the Contentious
Western Link Route Says NZTABy Graeme Trask 15th December 2009
The NZTA has announced that a four lane expressway will be built along the Western link route from Raumati South to Peka Peka at a cost between $380 million and $500 million.
This is an issue that has seen months of debates and where several other proposals were put forward over that time.
The transport Minister, Steven Joyce said that he was pleased with the outcome and that now a decision has been made we can now get on with building the road.
He said communities now have some certainty for the future and that this will provide reduced journey times, improve safety, preserve both Waikanae and Paraparaumu while Railway stations will still be accessible for commuters.
The new expressway is part of a $2.2 billion upgrade to SH1 from Levin to Wellington airport, including the construction of the $1.025 Transmission Gully project.
Mr Joyce thanked the community for their involvement and consultation process.
“We will now move as quickly as possible to improve roading on the coast”, he said.
Kapiti Coast District Council’s Mayor Jenny Rowan said she was extremely disappointed by NZTA decision.
She said “this will damage the district forever.”
You can read more about the Mayors comments Here
Kapiti Independent News has also asked councillors for their reaction and we will be reporting their comments as they arrive.