Collaborative approach to transport solutions please

LETTER

Last week was an exciting and encouraging one for te Tairawhiti/Gisborne with the $152,700,000 funding boost from the Government, which should help remedy the roading woes in our area.

Previously, I read with interest the proposal by Bob Proudfoot, chairman of Gisborne Holdings Ltd, that in order to remove the logging trucks from the CBD there should be a new road built (specifially for forestry trucks) coming through from the old rifle range, around to Kaiti Beach. From there a tunnel under/or bridge over the port would link up with more new roading running along the existing rail line.

David Wilson, of the council, seemed to dismiss this idea out of hand. I think, however, it should be seriously considered. The GDC should explore this innovative solution to what is fast-becoming a chaotic situation with so many logging trucks badly damaging the inner city roading and contributing to traffic congestion.

It would undoubtably be expensive but it would also utilise some of what already exists.

The feasibility study into restoring the rail link from Gisborne to Wairoa is going ahead, so perhaps this new forestry roading concept, as put forward by Mr Proudfoot, could be explored at the same time.

It is important for Gisborne’s future that all parties work together for the best solutions, and not immediately dismiss a constructive and practical idea which has the potential to improve our beautiful city and port.

Leigh Fletcher

Last week was an exciting and encouraging one for te Tairawhiti/Gisborne with the $152,700,000 funding boost from the Government, which should help remedy the roading woes in our area.

Previously, I read with interest the proposal by Bob Proudfoot, chairman of Gisborne Holdings Ltd, that in order to remove the logging trucks from the CBD there should be a new road built (specifially for forestry trucks) coming through from the old rifle range, around to Kaiti Beach. From there a tunnel under/or bridge over the port would link up with more new roading running along the existing rail line.

David Wilson, of the council, seemed to dismiss this idea out of hand. I think, however, it should be seriously considered. The GDC should explore this innovative solution to what is fast-becoming a chaotic situation with so many logging trucks badly damaging the inner city roading and contributing to traffic congestion.

It would undoubtably be expensive but it would also utilise some of what already exists.

The feasibility study into restoring the rail link from Gisborne to Wairoa is going ahead, so perhaps this new forestry roading concept, as put forward by Mr Proudfoot, could be explored at the same time.

It is important for Gisborne’s future that all parties work together for the best solutions, and not immediately dismiss a constructive and practical idea which has the potential to improve our beautiful city and port.

Leigh Fletcher

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First things First - 9 days ago
Eradicating the stench of sewage in our rivers would improve our "beautiful city and port" far better.

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