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Friday, July 04, 2008

Routes for the truck drivers protest tomorrow


Here are the routes for the truck drivers protest tomorrow in the centres of Auckland and Wellington. Drivers are protesting against a sudden increase in road-user charges on diesel vehicles. This will affect some people more than others and it is likely that other roads will be heavily congested as people try to avoid the protest route. I have been sent a copy of the planned routes and they are detailed below. Each protest has two routes.

Auckland protest route
Operators to gather at nearest motorway on ramp for 7.30 departure and take two routes off the motorway.
Route 1
Operators coming from west take Nelson St Off Ramp, From North Shore take Cook St Off Ramp onto Nelson St
Right onto Victoria,Right onto Queen, head UP Queen St
Top Queen, left onto K Rd, left Symond St
Left Wellesley St, Left Queen
Repeat…

Route 2
Operators coming from south
Off ramp Symonds, right into Upper Queen
Down Queen, left into Wellesley
Left Hobson, left Pitt, left K Rd
Left Queen

Repeat…
9:30 Disperse

Wellington protest
Operators will start at 7 am

Route 1
Assemble at Mckays Crossing
Mckays Crossing down State Highway One through Terrace Tunnel
Turn into Taranaki Street, down Jervois Quay
Left at Whitmore Street, past Parliament Building to Molesworth Street off-ramp

Route 2
Assemble at Seaview
Along Petone Esplanade down State Highway 2 to motorway and through Terrace Tunnel
Turn into Taranaki Street, down Jervois Quay
Left at Whitmore Street, past Parliament Building to Molesworth Street off-ramp

Update: I see the Herald has finally caught up with the news and has added the Christchurch and Dunedin protest routes. I was going to offer the routes to the Dominion Post early this afternoon, but they told me not to bother giving them news tips and hung up on me. The person I spoke to didn't give his name, even when asked, but I know enough to know who that person was and what his name is. You'd think chief reporters who pick up the phone would welcome news - or at least be courteous on the phone.
Scoopit!

1 Comments:

Blogger Truth Seeker said...

The DomPost, like most newspapers, is there to tell YOU about things, not to listen. Repoerters on the phone can very brusque indeed. A hint of the arrogance that shapes the news. I'm not kidding. I've had the same experience as you with newspapers in almost every major city I've ever lived in. It's part of the culture. Journalist, like school teachers, live to inform you....and trying to tell them anything is a waste of time unless they already see you as a "voice" they should listen to. If you are a "voice", the behaviour is typically polite, civil and very friendly.

July 3, 2008 at 9:39 PM  

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