Isn't it great that the Minister of Transport has effectively shut the Kapiti Coast District Council out of discussions on the Western Link Road?
It's time someone started thinking of the interests of the District as a whole, rather than pandering to particular interest groups.
State Highway One is here to stay. No matter whether you believe in peak oil or not, cars and trucks are with us in some form or other for the foreseeable future. Cars and trucks will carry people and goods through Kapiti to and from Wellington. They also play a key role in helping Kapiti people commute - particularly to destinations not served by the rail network.
Road transport can be dangerous. That's why a safe expressway where people can travel at a reasonable speed without lots of connecting roads will be a great thing. It'll make transport safer, easier and quicker.
The great thing about using the Western Link Road corridor for part of the route is that there's enough empty land to mitigate the impacts of the new road.
Councillors should stop whining and start talking about how we can make a new State Highway One Expressway something to be proud of, with plenty of native plantings and safe over/underpasses for local people.