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Fresh start to planning roads and transport – six weeks of initial “conversations”

A new $3million initiative was launched last night to take a fresh look at planning Wellington’s roads and transport systems. The partners in the plan – which was developed after the double defeat of the flyover proposed for the Basin Reserve – are the City Council, the Regional Council and the Transport Agency. Community involvement is at the centre of the programme. A flyover is “off the table” and will not be part of the process, says the Aucklander who is directing what is being called “Let’s get Wellington moving.” Read more »

Second time around

by Lindsay Shelton
After seven years when the Transport Agency, supported by the Regional Council, was notorious for ignoring Wellingtonians as it kept planning the Basin flyover, there’s now a new attitude. Both organisations are saying they want to be listeners instead of dictators. Read more »

Fran Wilde taking over from Patsy Reddy on board of Transport Agency

Former regional council chair Fran Wilde, a strong supporter of the defeated Basin Reserve flyover, has been appointed to the Board of the NZ Transport Agency, the entity which spent eight years planning the flyover before it was rejected first by the Board of Inquiry and then by the High Court. Read more »

Fixing Basin traffic – not a problem?

by Lindsay Shelton
It’s inexplicable that the Transport Agency and its Wellington governance group haven’t been in contact with road designer Richard Reid since December. Reid’s plan to solve traffic issues at the Basin Reserve was given credibility by the flyover board of inquiry. It should be part of the process to fix things around the Basin. Read more »

Fixing Basin traffic – launch of new strategy

by Tim Jones
Nothing much has happened on the Basin Reserve traffic planning front since Christmas – but that’s about to change. Read more »

Fixing Basin traffic – the next act

by Tim Jones
It’s been a quiet first few months of 2016, at least in the public eye, as far as post-Basin Reserve flyover transport planning for central Wellington goes. But a burst of articles, presentations and comments signal that this intermission is almost at an end. Read more »

Fixing Basin traffic – not a problem

by Lindsay Shelton
It was surprising to read this week that Andy Foster believes there is no solution in sight to congestion problems at the Basin Reserve. Read more »

Strange days (5) – the hope of flying further

by Lindsay Shelton
The campaigns for and against extending the Wellington Airport runway continued vigorously last year. But strangely the airport company chose not to respond to any of the articles that we published against what it wants to do. Read more »

Strange days (2) – lecturing the NZTA

by Lindsay Shelton
One of my strangest experiences last year was being invited to hear a visiting British professor telling the Transport Agency how they had mis-handled their seven-year campaign to build a flyover at the Basin Reserve. Read more »

Planning the city for people, not cars

by Michael Barnett
Sometimes we have to slow down in order to go faster, said the transport authorities in the DomPost last Friday. FIT Wellington believe they have got it wrong. Read more »

Knowing better than the locals

by Lindsay Shelton
The Wellington Airport campaign to promote a longer runway is similar to the Transport Agency’s campaign about building a flyover at the Basin Reserve. Both commissioned large numbers of experts to support what they wanted to do. Both failed to connect with the communities who would be most affected. Read more »

22 months to stop a motorway

takapu valley

It’s been 22 stressful months for the residents of Takapu Valley, since they discovered that the Transport Agency was planning to bulldoze a four lane motorway through their farms. Read more »

Failing to learn the flyover lessons

flyover different

The Transport Agency has commissioned a report to tell it what went wrong with its failed application to build a 300-metre concrete flyover alongside the Basin Reserve. The “Lessons Learned” report tells the Agency some truths that it should have known. But it doesn’t tell the whole truth. Read more »

How many people do you need to fix the Basin roads?

by Lindsay Shelton
How many people are needed to change the roads around the Basin Reserve? I haven’t done a head count. But I have been able to count the number of committees (for lack of a better word) … there seem to be ten of them, but I’ve probably overlooked some. Read more »

Endless traffic, and how to change it

by Paul Bruce
A recent article on the concerns underpinning European Mobility Week is particularly relevant for the Wellington region when it says “…the majority of our public spaces have been transformed into endless flows of traffic, to better accommodate our dependence on this form of transport….” Read more »

Not so secret?

basin from nzta

Since we identified secrecy surrounding the new round of planning traffic changes at the Basin Reserve, there’s been a small start to revealing what’s going on, with information posted online about one of the meetings of the governance group. Read more »

The mayors will decide?

by Lindsay Shelton
While planning to change the roads at Basin Reserve continues as secretively as ever, the region’s mayors have started some secret meetings of their own – to decide how local government should be restructured after the massive rejection of amalgamation. Read more »

No excuse for their continuing secrecy

by Lindsay Shelton
After the open public processes at the Board of Inquiry and the High Court, it is shameful that local politicians are working behind closed doors to discuss the next stage of planning roads around the Basin Reserve. They should have nothing to hide. Read more »

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