Readers express frustration at the apparent lack of action on solving Tauranga's traffic problems.
While it is very obvious, in my view, there is no money (and no interest ) by the current Government in assisting solve our city's roading problems,
The mayor and councillors do have some control over allowing further congestion.
I refer to the Tauriko West proposed development.
The council control the issuance of building permits and thus should withhold these until all interconnecting roading feeding in and out of the proposed development (SH 29 & Intersections up the Kaimai, Cambridge Road, The Crossing, Barkes Corner) is completed.
In this way, the developer(s) would then be forced to assist council lobby Government to come to the party for NZTA roading costs.
If Government are true to their policies of more housing, improving road safety, increasing productivity etc, then they should act accordingly.
I find it hard to believe that the council's actual goal is to reduce city gridlock as reported, (News, May 1) as they appear to be undertaking the opposite.
Just look at recent roading examples being the so-called Greerton upgrade, and more recently the Cambridge and Waihi Road roundabout upgrade, both of which, I believe, have failed dismally to achieve what they wanted to achieve - increasing vehicle flow.
Worse still, after the Greerton debacle it appears that the so-called Tauranga City Council roading experts learnt absolutely nothing and achieved the same result at the Cambridge Road Waihi Rd resulting in just more roading gridlock.
Unless we learn from past experiences, we will only repeat the same mistakes into the future but unless there are changes at council I believe that nothing will change.
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