Brian Rudman’s piece in Monday’s NZ Herald “Long Twisted road to tunnel backflip” for the Waterview SH20 extension accurately sums up what has been a complete debacle over the past year.
Steven Joyce believes he can come up with a better scheme than the experts at NZ Transport Agency. His micro-managing has meant NZTA having to flip-flop to satisfy Joyce’s latest whim and political needs.
A longer tunnel is better of course, it has less social and environmental impact. It also comes closer to what the Labour government proposed originally. But think of the 200 families who for the past six months have needlessly lived through the hell of thinking their homes would be taken, only now to discover now that they may not. Think too of the people who live alongside Alan Wood park who will still lose their green space.
And don’t think for a moment that this issue is done and dusted. Expect major financial blowouts when there is the realisation that the new tunnel will go over budget, expect more backflips, more excuses and more press releases issued over the holiday period when the Government hopes they won’t be noticed. They certainly will because we deserve better.