Gareth Hughes

The flyover, the tunnel and the bulldozers

by Gareth Hughes

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has released their plans for a flyover next to the Basin Reserve, a second Mt Victoria tunnel and the widening of Ruahine St and Wellington Rd up to seven lanes.

Despite clear opposition to the flyover, the NZTA have offered Wellingtonians two options of the same 8 metre high behemoth – a sham consultation between Flyover A and Flyover B. Other options were considered but have never been put to the public for consultation, perhaps in fear we might prefer better public transport and cleaner air.

So now is the time to put in a submission and let them know what you think of a flyover running next to the iconic Basin Reserve. Let them know what you think of a motorway that will displace the historic Mother Aubert Creche and Hataitai Kindergarton. Tell them what you think of the loss of Badminton Hall, a large section of the town belt and 25 properties (including an apartment block) on Wellington Rd. Perhaps you could also tell them about the loss of access to the Hataitai shop and the increased air and noise pollution.

All the information you need to do this can be found here on our submission guide. If you’re pressed for time you can send in our automatic submission here.

Wellington does not need an uneconomic, expensive and polluting urban motorway. It is vital Wellingtonians make their voice heard and demand affordable and sustainable transport solutions.

Option A

Option B

Published in Environment & Resource Management by Gareth Hughes on Fri, July 8th, 2011   

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