A newsletter from the NZTA yesterday highlighted some new graphics of what the East-West Link will look like. The consent hearings for the project are currently in full swing.
The first, and most shocking drawing, is of the East-West Link as it crosses over Anns Creek, Gt South Rd then along Sylvia Park Rd towards SH1. Frankly I’m almost at a lost for words at how ghastly this monstrosity is. Has Robert Moses been re-animated by the NZTA?
Next is an image (looking south) of a new walking and cycling bridge being built next to SH1 over Otahuhu Creek. This is a good improvement as those two sides are over 4.5km apart by road but It seems strange that the bridge is so wide. I wonder if there’s a longer term plan to create a new local road connection using it?
And then there’s this video to show walking and cycling connections. I guess it’s at least fairly accurate as it includes narrow footpaths that are narrowed further by planting that overgrows the path – a common issue in many places. Of all the walking and cycling stuff they could show related to the project, this seems like possibly the worst they could have.
Finally they note that there are new technical drawings for those that may be interested.
All of this comes on the heels of a facebook post by the TOES group where they say that the NZTA have admitted some of their visualisations were inaccurate and that large sections of the waterfront will be cut off.
Since TOES opening Statement last week and it’s release of new visuals of the East West Link. NZTA witnesses have confirmed TOES visuals are a fair representation and admitted that 2 of the visual simulations used to apply for consent, engage and consult the public were inaccurate. Confirming large sections of the waterfront will be cut off, disappear from popular view points and leaving many members of the community feeling deceived. You have to wonder if Auckland Council, Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board, Onehunga, Friends of the Manukau Harbour & TOES many requests for more understandable and accurate visualizations been delivered. How many more people would have made a submission to opposed the current NZTA design.