Although the opening of the ‘Ewy’ relieved the congestion along the Main Road at the Elizabeth Street intersection, it did nothing to stop the increase of traffic wanting to cross in and out of Elizabeth Street. Because of the train tracks crossing it’s more than a road intersection. During weekdays there are six train movements an hour from the commuter trains plus maybe two freight trains. Most of the time it’s OK, but at peak times it’s a bottleneck — and what will the future be like with the ever growing number of houses in the Hill Zone?

It’s been an issue ever since we began in January 2015 and we’ve pushed hard for an underpass but authorities seem to have filed that in the ‘too hard basket’. As we’ve pointed out, level crossings also exist in Paekakariki and Paraparaumu, but in each case there are alternative road overbridges. There isn’t one in Waikanae.

‘Kicking the can down the road’ by ignoring it won’t make the problem go away and whoever the two Waikanae councilors are need to keep the pressure on.