The way-less travelled
A couple of pieces today on Auckland and Tauranga. Both beautiful places both places I enjoy greatly and have done so since childhood. The problem? Getting between the two WITHOUT getting caught on State Highways 1, 2 and 20!
From The Herald:
Herald on Sunday editorial: Distant hills can really be greener5:00 AM Sunday Mar 27, 2016
Auckland empties on long weekends, for good reason. The motorways north and south lead to Northland, Coromandel and the Bay of Plenty, regions of sublime coastal attractions, smaller cities, less traffic, all within a few hours’ drive of Auckland.
Little wonder those cities are starting to get bigger as increasing numbers of Aucklanders decide to make their escape permanent. The decision probably forms most strongly on the drive.
If leaving the big city on a long weekend is a relief, returning to it is always a shock. The closer you get, from the north or south, the heavier the traffic becomes. If it is congested it is a grind, if it’s flowing it is suddenly faster than where you have been.
The rush and whirr of multi-lanes of cars, the merging traffic and all the buildings, the business of it all. It summons you back with its noise and fumes and indifference, as though you had never left.
Life in the Western Bay sounds relaxing. It will be the same in Rotorua, Whakatane, Thames, Taupo and many other places Aucklanders are contemplating, particularly at this time of year, amid “March madness”.
My comment is simply this:
In advanced economies Government invest in their inter-city fast rail linking their cities to the regions. Just think a fast and efficient connection between Auckland and its surrounding regions by rail. No need to be jammed on State Highways 1 and 2 as you sit back on your two hour trip on the train admiring the view, drinking alcohol, Facebooking and when you arrive at your destination a Car Share Pool awaits you for your trips around Tauranga.
If only our Governments were a tad more clued up.
If only indeed.