It used to take an easy 3 1/2 hours to get from home to Christchurch.
Last Friday I started the journey nearly four hours before I was due to officiate at a wedding rehearsal and I got there with only a minute to spare.
It was one of those trips with lots of big trucks, lots of slow traffic and lots of times when the vehicle following a slow one wouldn’t pass and didn’t leave enough room between it and the one it was following to pass it when it was safe to pass one but not two vehicles.
And of course most of those slow vehicles went faster when we got to passing lanes.
This is not unusual. There is much more traffic and our roads are not up to carrying it.
The government’s announcement that at least some of the extra debt it’s going to incur will go on roading is a welcome change to the anti-road stance it’s had but it’s not going far enough.
We need a four lane highway from Cape Reinga to Bluff. It couldn’t all be done at once but it needs to be done.
It will make travel both more efficient and safer, helping productivity and reducing the human and financial costs of accidents.