Nick Smith - Nelson MP, Minister National Government

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Get on with it, Nelson says on the Southern Link

05/08/2016

The positive report released today by the New Zealand Transit Agency, the Programme Business Case Public Engagement on the Southern Link, is a significant step forward for the project, Nelson MP Dr Nick Smith says.

Noteworthy results from the engagement survey were that: 
61.5% preferred Option C (the Southern Link road) as compared to 24% for Option A (making the most of the existing network) 10.5% for Option B (widening the existing arterial routes) and 4.1% for Option D (other)
84% of responses said congestion was a problem (54.4% very significant, 14.3% moderately significant, 15.3% somewhat significant) as compared to 16% who said it was not significant. 
64% of respondents say the layout of Rocks Road was a deterrent for walking and cycling as compared to 36% who said it was not.
“It is particularly powerful that the NZTA’s survey results were backed up by an independently conducted telephone poll of 500 residents. This also showed the Southern Link option was clearly the most favoured. It is also telling that the most common response in the phone survey was “just do something.”
“These results from NZTA’s consultation are totally consistent with surveys done by the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce, Greypower and my own electorate surveys. Those Councillors and critics claiming congestion is not a problem and there is no need for the Southern Link are increasingly looking out of touch with the Nelson public.  
“Nelson’s economy and population is growing strongly making it even more important that we make progress on this vital infrastructure project for the region. I face a major challenge in securing the tens of millions of dollars of Government money to make it happen in competition against many other areas. My advocacy for Nelson is made more difficult by a Council that has been divided on this issue. Candidates for Nelson’s Mayoralty and Council need to hear this strong message of support from the public and help me get this project underway.”
          

The positive report released today by the New Zealand Transit Agency, the Programme Business Case Public Engagement on the Southern Link, is a significant step forward for the project, Nelson MP Dr Nick Smith says.

Noteworthy results from the engagement survey were that: 

61.5% preferred Option C (the Southern Link road) as compared to 24% for Option A (making the most of the existing network) 10.5% for Option B (widening the existing arterial routes) and 4.1% for Option D (other)

84% of responses said congestion was a problem (54.4% very significant, 14.3% moderately significant, 15.3% somewhat significant) as compared to 16% who said it was not significant. 

64% of respondents say the layout of Rocks Road was a deterrent for walking and cycling as compared to 36% who said it was not.

“It is particularly powerful that the NZTA’s survey results were backed up by an independently conducted telephone poll of 500 residents. This also showed the Southern Link option was clearly the most favoured. It is also telling that the most common response in the phone survey was “just do something.”

“These results from NZTA’s consultation are totally consistent with surveys done by the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce, Greypower and my own electorate surveys. Those Councillors and critics claiming congestion is not a problem and there is no need for the Southern Link are increasingly looking out of touch with the Nelson public.  

“Nelson’s economy and population is growing strongly making it even more important that we make progress on this vital infrastructure project for the region. I face a major challenge in securing the tens of millions of dollars of Government money to make it happen in competition against many other areas. My advocacy for Nelson is made more difficult by a Council that has been divided on this issue. Candidates for Nelson’s Mayoralty and Council need to hear this strong message of support from the public and help me get this project underway.”

 

Southern Link

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