Line maintenance on Sue’s train line conspired to delay her arrival at the Greens launch of our Wellington Transport Plan. But she got there by bus instead and announced a costed and detailed plan that would see a new light rail network linking the Hutt Valley, Porirua and the Airport.
Stage one would see light rail link Johnsonville and Courtenay Place, costing $70 million, to be completed by 2011. Next would be Lower Hutt to Wellington Hospital, $100m, by 2015 and lastly Plimmerton to the airport, $250m, by 2016.
The project would cost half that of Transmission Gully.
But as well as that, and the investment in trains that move faster than car traffic, extensive cycle and walkways (such as the Great Harbour Way) and cheaper integrated ticketing for public transport, there is also a focus on people-friendly urban design so it is easier for people to choose cycling, walking and public transport if they want.