After yet another tragic weekend on New Zealand - and in particular on Waikato and Bay of Plenty - roads it time for this Government to change its approach and deliver on roading matters.
Building new bus lanes along with cycle lanes is obviously not working, and with additional cars on the roads each week, what is required are newer and safer roads as has been proven with the Eastern Arterial and also the Waikato Expressway.
Where are the Fix our Bloody Road campaigners, in respect to the Northern Arterial road, as they were very vocal until the Government announced that they would reinstate a two-lane road but failed to announce when work on this inferior road would actually commence?
In a self-proclaimed year of delivery its time that this Government delivered on safer roads so that we do not experience more horrific weekends like the one that we have just had.
We need to work together
Front page news:" Katikati bypass is desperately needed" (News, April 20). What it does not say is an Omokoroa Interchange is desperately needed: the upgrade at the Cambridge Rd SH29 intersection is desperately needed; the Northern Link is desperately needed. Why can Wellington not do its homework like the rest of us have to, and fund infrastructure properly?
The Government appears to have forgotten this is a growth region, unlike most parts of New Zealand, and we are being totally ignored.
Something has to give. Because of congestion and lack of capacity on our roads, planners in Wellington where the decisions are made, need to be held to account. Government is responsible for the State Highways. While Deputy Transport Minister Julie-Anne Genter is calling for local government to address road safety issues, she seems to be oblivious to the fact that she and her senior colleague (Phil Twyford) are responsible for funding our state highways road safety work. We have plenty of intersections desperately needing attention too. Wake up Wellington - we have long since lost patience.
Time to work together.