Transport Agency Talks


The Transport Agency (NZTA) will soon release plans for the controversial Sandhills Expressway — and it’ll be sending everyone a postcard with the new consultation dates.

Earlier during the Mana by-election campaign, the NZTA abruptly postponed an announcement on the route for the four-lane expressway through the heart of Kapiti.

Labour and the Greens said the delay was cased by Government fears about the effect on voters of the route announcement.

But the Transport Agency now says there will be an extended consultation period for the MacKays to Peka Peka Expressway following the NZTA Board’s consideration of a more detailed route proposal.

It will advertise the new consultation timelines in local newspapers, radio, and on its website.

And all Kapiti residents will be sent postcards outlining the new timeline this week.

It  says it will outline details of the recent changes that have been made to the route.

Kapiti residents will receive a consultation brochure, with an attached form, for their feedback on the proposals for the expressway.

In addition, project ‘Expos’ will be held at Otaihanga, Paraparaumu, Waikanae and Raumati so the community can meet the project team, learn about the proposals and offer comments.

Dates and locations for public Expos are:
• Sunday 28 November 10am to 4pm – Southward Car Museum, Otaihanga
• Tuesday 30 November 4pm to 8pm – Kapiti Community Centre, Paraparaumu
• Wednesday 1 December 4pm to 8pm – Waikanae Memorial Hall, Waikanae
• Thursday 2 December 4pm to 8pm –  Raumati South Memorial Hall, Raumati

NZTA Central Regional Director Jenny Chetwynd says consultation will begin on November 28 and run until February 4 2011.

Ms Chetwynd says the consultation period has been extended to 10 weeks to accommodate the December/January holiday period and to ensure everyone has a chance to provide informed feedback on the proposed expressway route.

She says rescheduling the start of consultation by three weeks has allowed the NZTA to develop a more detailed route proposal, which provides more certainty for those who are potentially affected.

“We understand that this delay has been frustrating for the community, and the NZTA Board has been concerned to clarify and narrow down the options for the path of the proposed route.

“We’ll now be in a position to present the community with a route proposal that is more detailed and better illustrates how they might be affected.”

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