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Who’s to blame? How to change?

by PCGM
It hasn’t been a very good couple of years for Wellington’s public transport system. Our low-carbon trolley buses are sitting in the scrap-yard along with their cable infrastructure, the rail system has been plagued with failures and strikes, and the grandiose plans for electric buses and light rail and bus rapid transit are still firmly lodged in the file marked “pipe dreams”. Read more »

Light rail by 2027: proven, low risk and fast

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Wellington.Scoop
Fit Wellington, stating the case for its Scenario A+, says that mass transit in Wellington City as proposed by LGWM is necessary but not sufficient. Read more »

Time to build light rail “urgently,” say Greens

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Wellington.Scoop
The Wellington Central branch of the Greens has told LGWM that it supports Scenario A, which prioritises public transport, walking and cycling in the central city. But it wants more support for these modes of travel – “this is what the public supported loud and clear in the early LGWM consultation.” The Greens’ submission states: Read more »

Residents want better public transport and liveability

Wellington.Scoop
The Mt Victoria Residents Association has told the LGWM planners that none of their scenarios appears to fully reflect the principles which have been developed for transport improvements in Wellington, particularly those regarding climate change, health and the environment. Read more »

Living Streets wants a friendlier environment for pedestrians

Wellington.Scoop
Living Streets Aotearoa has told LGWM that Wellington has the highest, and increasing, rate of adults walking to work in New Zealand. It says there is nothing ‘broke’ about Wellington from a walking perspective but it could be much better with even more people out enjoying walking, by reducing the frustrations for commuter walkers among others (e.g. at road crossings). Read more »

All-new CBD biking networks – Cycle Aware’s proposal to LGWM

Wellington.Scoop
Cycle Aware Wellington has told the LGWM planners that it wants a higher priority for public transport and active transport than for driving. Here is its submission:
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Civic Trust: priority for public transport, walking, cycling

Wellington.Scoop
The Wellington Civic Trust has joined other city organisations in telling Let’s Get Welly Moving that Scenario A would enable a more liveable city if priority was given to public transport, walking, cycling and open space. Accordingly, the Trust supports Scenario A+ (Scenario A plus the installation of a light rail system). This is what the Trust has stated in its submission to LGWM: Read more »

People, not cars – Save the Basin states the case for urban design

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Wellington.Scoop
The Save the Basin Campaign has this week released its submission to the Let’s Get Welly Moving process on its four proposed scenarios for Wellington transport. It focuses on the Basin Reserve as a valued part of Wellington heritage, identity and urban design, and supports transport proposals that do not imperil that role and enhance Wellington’s status as a liveable city designed to meet the needs of people, not cars. Read more »

Why they can’t see beyond roads

by Michael C Barnett
Let’s Get Wellington Moving is well into the second year of its initiative to improve Wellington’s transport infrastructure. Public consultation on its four possible scenarios is now closed. More road construction features strongly in three of the scenarios, while mass rapid transit in the form of light rail has low priority – kicked down the road as a future possibility. Read more »

A fully electric network – delayed for 25 years by removal of wires

by Glen Smith
The evidence is that the current destruction of our historic trolley wire network will delay the introduction of a fully electric bus system by at least a quarter of a century (I invite members of the Regional Council to logically refute that assertion). Read more »

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