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Jumping the gun on a $180m spend

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by Lindsay Shelton
Mayor Justin Lester jumped the gun when he announced last week that the city council is “gearing up for a sod-turning in 2019” for the $180m Cable Street building designed to house a convention centre and Peter Jackson’s movie museum. Read more »

A new/old idea for the Chinese Garden

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With a High Court appeal next month challenging the city’s plans to remake Frank Kitts Park and to build a walled Chinese Garden on part of the park, it’s time to suggest that reverting to the original site for the garden could be a way of avoiding more costly court battles. Read more »

Apologising for the buses

by Lindsay Shelton
There’s been a second apology about the buses from Regional Council chair Chris Laidlaw. Read more »

Where’s Barbara Donaldson?

by PCGM
The fallout from the design and implementation of the bus network goes on and on. At the first of several public meetings, disgruntled bus users expressed their lack of enthusiasm for the new routes and new timetables. A majority seem keen for a return to the good old days – that halcyon time less than a couple of months ago, when it didn’t take three buses and two long waits to cross the city. Read more »

Light rail by 2028 – why we need to start now

by Kerry Wood
Wellington needs light rail, but waiting for more passengers to choose overloaded public transport is not the best way to get it. Read more »

City Council ends its support for Jackson’s movie museum

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News from WCC
The Wellington City Council and the Movie Museum Limited have today announced a mutually-agreed parting of the ways for a joint project between the Council’s Convention Centre and TMML’s Movie Museum, which were proposed for Cable Street in central Wellington. Both parties remain optimistic for the future of their respective projects. Read more »

Shakes, rattles and rumbles in Kowhai Park

by Terence Galuska
A vibrating, rumbling disturbance is being caused by the size of the buses now being used offpeak in the narrow streets of Kowhai Park (old number 8, now 17/17e). It is impacting on people’s health and well-being. Read more »

The cash fare rip-off

by Mike Flinn
Wellington’s new bus route structure includes several routes where cash-paying passengers are forced to pay extra (going to the CBD for example) when they have to change buses in the middle of a fare zone. Read more »

How to fix Karori’s bus problems

by Mike Flinn
In my last report, my comparison of peak-hour passenger loads in March with proposed trips in the new 15 July timetables showed that the Karori Road/Glenmore Street corridor could result in the highest average loads per trip within the city. On 6 August and 7 August I followed up with passenger counts because after three weeks I assumed the new services would have settled down. Read more »

How to fix the VUW bus problems

by Mike Flinn
Bus services to Victoria University have to cope with large numbers of students and staff arriving in time for weekday lectures beginning at 9am, 10am and 11am. Lower numbers arrive or leave for the rest of the day and only small numbers need bus services at evenings and weekends. Read more »