Wellington City Council wants to spend $250 million tunnelling through Mt Victoria and extending State Highway One to Wellington Airport. The Mayor, Kerry Prendergast, seems to think this is going to happen no matter what people think:
‘I think there are some [things] we have to do,’ she told The Dominion Post.
…Ms Prendergast said a new Mt Victoria tunnel should be a high priority, regardless of what submitters to the study say.
Well, that will certainly encourage democratic participation.
Prendergast’s tunnel vision is odd given the Council’s long standing cost objections to building a cheaper ($140 million) light rail system to solve exactly the same transport concerns.
As Green Party Wellington City Councillor Celia Wade Brown notes ‘people can’t take their cars on a plane.’ So the real solution to transport to the airport should include extensive public transport, not more roads or holes in our landscape.
‘The high speed corridor concept reduces the ability to make local trips by active modes – walking, running and cycling.’