Archive for the 'Flyover' Category

Three years of chaos: Wellington’s public transport plan, and how to fix it

by Kerry Wood
Since the Transport Agency’s Basin Reserve flyover plan was cancelled, there’ve been claims that it has thrown Greater Wellington’s Public Transport Plan into chaos. In fact the plan has been in chaos much longer: at least three years. Read more »

Flyover cancelled and declined – final report confirms majority board decision

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News from EPA
The independent Board of Inquiry appointed to hear and decide the Basin Bridge Proposal has released its final report and decision. The Board by majority decision (3 to 1) has cancelled the New Zealand Transport Agency’s Notice of Requirement and declined its applications for resource consent for the construction, operation and maintenance of State Highway 1 in Wellington City between Paterson Street and Buckle Street/Taranaki Street. Read more »

Time for politicians to move on from “inappropriate” flyover, say campaigners

News from Save the Basin
The Save the Basin Campaign is telling local and national politicians it’s “time to move on” from the Transport Agency’s failed plan to build a concrete flyover at the Basin Reserve in central Wellington. Read more »

Counting submissions: the Transport Agency sees things differently

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by Lindsay Shelton
The Transport Agency, persisting with its unpopular “option” to build a motorway through the rural Takapu Valley, has now also been challenged over its claim that there is strong community support for a new Link Road between the Hutt Valley and Porirua/Tawa. Read more »

The cycleway that hasn’t been built – how slow can they go?

by Lindsay Shelton
Back in 2008, the need for an off-road cycleway between Petone and Ngauranga was being described as “urgent.” The urgency was clear because a prominent cyclist had been killed at the Petone roundabout. We had a reminder of the urgency this week, when another cyclist was injured. Read more »

Surprised and aghast – but where’s Plan B for the Basin?

by Mike Mellor
From media reports there’s a sense that the Regional Council is surprised and aghast at the Board of Inquiry decision to reject the Basin flyover. The council should have had a “Plan B” at the ready as a normal management precaution for a work of this scale. Read more »

What went wrong? CBD speed limits stay the same for a second time

In a marathon session last night, the Wellington City Council voted down the proposal to reduce the speed limit on selected CBD streets to 30km/hr. It was a defeat for Transport portfolio leader Andy Foster. Read more »

Measuring the flyover hysteria index

Since the Board of Inquiry declined the Basin Reserve flyover, the usual suspects have claimed that all manner of calamities would befall the city. We’ve seen forecasts of everything from collapsing investment to cancelled projects and 7,000 less homes. So to bring some order to the chaos we’ve assembled all the prognostications into a helpful guide … the wellington.scoop Hysteria Index™. Read more »

Time to plan non-flyover solution for Basin Reserve, say campaigners

News from Save the Basin
It’s time for the Regional Council and the NZ Transport Agency to pay attention to non-flyover transport options for the Basin Reserve, says Save the Basin spokesperson Tim Jones. Read more »

Why community consultation is needed, not melodrama, after flyover rejection

by Christine McCarthy
The Architectural Centre, one of a number of groups opposing the Basin flyover, urges the region’s mayors and the Transport Agency not to shut the community out of discussions on possible future options for the Basin Reserve and other future Wellington transport projects. Read more »

Scaremongering – the vanishing houses

Friday’s Dominion Post was breathless with the claim that the lack of a Basin Reserve flyover will somehow cause “at least two years’ delays” to essential Wellington transport projects. This wasn’t just restricted to roading – it would, reported the newspaper guilelessly, also cast into doubt the future of 7,000 new homes. Read more »

“Milestone” $4.4m design contract signed for Peka Peka to Otaki expressway

News from NZ Government
The NZ Transport Agency has awarded the contract for the detailed design of the Peka Peka to Otaki section of the Kapiti Expressway to Opus Consultants. The contract price is $4,475,000. Read more »

Gerry Brownlee and the flyover

As the days tick away on the Transport Agency’s statutory timeframe to appeal against the Basin Reserve flyover decision, the question on everyone’s mind is whether the National government would step in and legislate. Read more »

Real time and real problems – a response to Fran Wilde

by Kerry Wood
Fran Wilde wants to refute (I think she means deny) comments about her Regional Council’s Real Time Information system (RTI). She seems to be meeting resistance. Read more »

Light rail instead of a flyover: we need Plan B, because there’s no Planet B

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by Brent Efford
The board of inquiry rejection of the flyover on the north side of Wellington’s Basin Reserve – the sort of highway structure that more advanced cities overseas are tearing down, often in favour of light rail – has unleashed a Chicken Licken torrent of catastrophising and hand-wringing. Read more »

A diatribe against nimbys and democracy

Just when you thought no one could get more hysterical, John Milford has joined the group who are distressed about the rejection of the Basin flyover.
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Will heads roll over flyover rejection?

The Board of Inquiry’s decision to decline consent for the Transport Agency flyover at the Basin Reserve has caused ripples of rejoicing and recrimination to spread across Wellington. Some are overjoyed, whilst others are predicting doom for us all. According to the losing faction, the concrete abutments of the flyover were carrying not just the cars, but also the weight of Wellington’s entire future as a capital. Read more »

Pain, cost and embarrassment … because the Transport Agency didn’t listen

by Patrick McCombs
The NZ Transport Agency would have saved themselves a lot of pain, cost, and embarrassment if they had listened more to Mt Victoria residents. The Board of Inquiry did not turn down the application because the engineers can’t build a decent bridge, but because they adopted tunnel vision (excuse the pun) on their wish for an elevated road, and demonstrated that they do not have the skills to carry out a proper public consultation. Read more »

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