A 30 year chat
At least thirty years ago Wellington started talking about getting a decent motorway out of the capital, heading North. A country of vision would have had an 8 lane highway, a dual express (like 300kph) train line, and safe cycling tracks between Wellington and Auckland by now. With good roads, it would have been a 6 hour trip. Maybe the toll would have been coming off next year.
Instead, after 30 years of pissing around consulting, investigating, much crying on how hard it is to build anything like roads, bridges, and the bloody pyramids of Egypt we have yet another consultation process.
It sounds like the consultation process is to say "dump Transmission Gully and we demolish lots of houses, coastline and a few businesses to build a coastal highway. It will take 24 years, and there will be constant roadworks all that time so you can write off about 5 years of your life sitting in queues"
This is getting beyond a joke. It was a joke about 15 years ago. Now its just pathetic. Here's the solution. Any person involved in discussing and consulting on Transmission Gully since 30 years ago, that held the process up in any way shape or form gets tracked down and given a shovel. They start digging.
Whilst they are digging they can discuss all the issues with 30 years of "expertise" and the combined knowledge of 30 years of reports, studies, guides, consultations, meetings, press releases, promises, backtracks and general crap. Whilst they are digging, we can play, on an I-Max sized screen a collection of road projects completed around the world in the past 100 years.
For the steep grades suggested for the route, they can be shown pictures of massive excavation. Tunnels. Big Earth Moving Equipment. Explosives.
I'm sure our consultative experts will soon figure out the benefits of supplementing their shovelling with some of the afore-mentioned equipment.
And once they get through to Paraparaumu, they can keep going up to Auckland.