Petition gives united voice

Last updated 09:11 13/09/2012
Mitchell Cook
Mitchell Cook has started a petition to get the Normanby Overbridge demolished despite a funding announcement for safety improvements on the bridge.

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A Hawera man is so determined to see Normanby Overbridge demolished and replaced that he has started an online petition.

Mitchell Cook said it does not matter that the New Zealand Transport Agency has announced a three-year plan for Taranaki which will make only safety improvements to the bridge, he will fight for the people.

"I don't think we can afford to wait three years," he said.

"All we can really do while this bridge is sitting there is wait for things to happen."

Two people were admitted to hospital yesterday after an early morning accident on the bridge.

With about 450 signatures on his petition already, Mr Cook would like to see it reach 2000. He hopes to present it to the appropriate authorities in Wellington later this year. "I won't be going alone, it's all about speaking as a united group of people," he said.

Though he believes that there is always driver error involved in any crash, Mr Cook said it was up to the government to lessen the risk for safe drivers.

"If pieces of road such as that were safer we wouldn't have such a risk," he said.

"I don't condone driving dangerously, but we can make pieces of road like this safer for other motorists."

Mr Cook has not experienced loss on the bridge or its surrounding roads - concern drove his charge for change.

His petition is running under "Normanby Overbridge Petition" on Facebook until November.

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