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Addicted to cars

by PCGM
The famous dictum of AA (no, not the motoring body, the other one) is that the first step to recovery is to admit you have a problem. The Wellington City Council clearly needs to take this to heart over the private motor car, the do-we-love-it-or-do-we-hate-it icon of transportation that is still at the heart of the political log-jam that has stymied the capital for decades. Read more »

A tunnel that won’t solve problems

by Tim Jones
At 6pm on Monday, National Party list MP Nicola Willis is holding a public meeting to support her and the National Party’s push for a third Mt Victoria tunnel. (She calls it the “Double the Tunnel” campaign, but of course there are already two Mt Victoria vehicle tunnels: the Paterson Street car tunnel and the Pirie Street bus tunnel.) Read more »

Counting the (real) costs of TG

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by Conor Hill
Transmission Gully has been in the news a bit recently, for reasons related to money. Read more »

After 12 years of talk, no cycleway

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Photo: Patrick Morgan

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

Vision, or fantasy?

by Conor Hill
At the Chamber of Commerce this week, National MP Chris Bishop outlined his party’s high level vision for Wellington (and NZ) transport. Frightened that the intellectual rigor mortis that afflicts that organisation might be contagious, I did not attend. And after reading reports on the speech (here, and here, and here), it sounds like it was either a bit of absurdist comedy or utter fantasy. Read more »

Avoiding congestion at the (new) Melling Bridge

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by Glen Smith
First published in May 2018
The New Zealand Transport Agency has put forward three plans to improve traffic flow on State Highway Two at the congested Lower Hutt turn-off across Melling Bridge. Improvements at this interchange deserve support since the aim should be to improve the efficiency of all transport modes and to reduce the potential for accident related deaths and injuries. Read more »

Big spending

by Lindsay Shelton
Looking back to the early days of Wellington.Scoop, there was plenty of evidence about how the Wellington City Council was torn between controlling its spending, and spending more on big projects that seemed, to many of us, to be unnecessary. Has anything changed? Read more »

Against the flyover, since 2008

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by Lindsay Shelton
One of the most successful campaigns supported by Wellington.Scoop has been the opposition to plans for a flyover at the Basin Reserve. One of our first reports after this website was created described one of the first meetings called to oppose the flyover. Read more »

No room for more cars; why more lanes won’t fix anything

by Guy Marriage
We do have a traffic problem in our city, albeit a relatively small one: we have more traffic than our roads can take. Read more »

After a second tunnel – four lanes through Hataitai

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NZTA

by Lindsay Shelton
Reports that new mayor Andy Foster wants to prioritise a second Mt Victoria Tunnel have reminded me that eight years ago the local community was concerned to discover that a second tunnel would require the four-laning of Ruahine Street. Read more »

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