I write to mourn the passing of our very young Hawke's Bay Expressway.
I fear that the over-protective element in our local and state government has decided that "express" is something that only Aucklanders are entitled to use, and we must bear with the down-scaling of something that the Twin Cities Area had awaited for almost 60 years.
We had, for a very brief time, a complete and unencumbered "express" line through the twin urban areas, allowing "express" journeys to be enjoyed by all.
Sadly, ity appears that the Nanny State has decided the general population must be "protected" from each other, by the rampant installation of barriers all over the blessed place.
These have effectively converted an "Expressway" into a tram-line, with all being subjected to the whims of the slowest trams.
Now, we have agricultural vehicle driven by bucolic ingrates, on an "Expressway," at busy times, at 60kph, with nowhere for them to pull in to let traffic pass.
Similarly, we have the disinterested plodding home at 80kph, holding up those who are needing to travel an "Expressway" to get where they need to be.
The Truckies have no choice, they are limited by the class of vehicle they operate, but nonetheless, the choke the system.
I have no aversion to the barriers, providing we have the TWO LANES in each direction that we really need.
With what we have now, our poor lamented "Expressway" is much more a "Depressway."
RIP Hawke's Bay Expressway, we will miss you.
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