A fairly lengthy and detailed documentary on the Roads of National Significance projects was aired on Radio NZ this morning. You can listen to the 27 minute long documentary here.
Quite a few comments in this previous thread relate to the documentary – and raise some important points I think:
- Most of the non-political commentators (NZCID, AA, Road Transport Forum etc.) are organisations which support the projects. This is unfortunate because to the listener it comes across as though the only reason you’d oppose the RoNS package is for political reasons.
- Unfortunately there’s also relatively little ‘probing’ of the economic claims made by many of the projects’ supporters. Or international comparisons.
- The argument made by the Smart Transport network (that we shouldn’t put all the RoNS together into a package and then say it makes sense) was deliberately misrepresented in NZTA’s answer that every corridor needs to be looked at as a whole, without any follow up even though they are two completely different things.
On the other hand, it is good to hear some detailed media happening about the RoNS projects. After all the RoNS package as a whole is one of the biggest investments ever made by a New Zealand government, we need to discuss it more.