Mayor Hopeful on Cross Valley Link

The Greater Wellington Regional Council’s transport committee last week ranked its 16 priority projects for the region for the period to June 2021. Ranked No 8 is the CVL, at an estimated cost of $100 million.

Hutt City Council general manager Bruce Sherlock says this is good news for the city but notes a lot more work is required. The council has supported the CVL for some years but because of its low benefit cost ratio it has not been eligible for New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) funding. Without a large subsidy, the road has no prospect of being built and is currently not even in the city’s District Plan.

It has been clear for some time that NZTA and the regional council both support the Petone Grenada Link (PGL) road, Sherlock says.

The council’s position has been that if that new link over the Horokiwi hills to Porirua is built, the CVL becomes a much more realistic option to remove traffic from the Petone Esplanade.

The transport committee put the PGL at No 3 on its priority list and Sherlock believes it is likely to be built.

Sherlock says the city council now needs to take a fresh look at the CVL.

It has done initial work which suggests that the cost benefit ratio has been underestimated.

The council has funding of $1 million budgeted for more investigation work in 2017/18, looking at possible routes and their economic benefit. If the CVL is to be built, the information will be needed to put a case to NZTA for a subsidy.

Mayor Ray Wallace is cautiously optimistic and says the regional council can see the benefits of a better link between Seaview and State Highway Two. There is, however, no funding and he says the work planned for 2017/18 has to be brought forward. At last week’s transport meeting he made a plea for the CVL, arguing the Seaview industrial area is vitality important to the regional economy.

Regional council Fran Wilde acknowledged that the case for the road has improved, Wallace says.

“I think the region is waking up to how crucial Seaview is to the local economy.’

If the PGL goes ahead, it is projected that 3500 extra vehicles will use the Petone Esplanade each day. Wallace says that make the case for the CVL even stronger.

The transport committee includes all the regional mayors and Wallace says he was “very pleased” with the level of support expressed for the CVL. The challenge now is to get support from NZTA and to put a strong case for a subsidy.

Mayor Ray Wallace is cautiously optimistic and says the regional council can see the benefits of a better link between Seaview and State Highway Two. There is, however, no funding and he says the work planned for 2017/18 has to be brought forward.

At last week’s transport meeting he made a plea for the CVL, arguing the Seaview industrial area is vitality important to the regional economy.Regional council Fran Wilde acknowledged that the case for the road has improved, Wallace says.

“I think the region is waking up to how crucial Seaview is to the local economy.’

If the PGL goes ahead, it is projected that 3500 extra vehicles will use the Petone Esplanade each day. Wallace says that make the case for the CVL even stronger.The transport committee includes all the regional mayors and Wallace says he was “very pleased” with the level of support expressed for the CVL.

The challenge now is to get support from NZTA and to put a strong case for a subsidy.