Archive for the 'Flyover' Category

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

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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

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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 »

Things to come: the expressway (four lanes? six lanes?) through Hataitai

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by Lindsay Shelton
Once decisions have been made about the Basin Reserve, our transport leaders will be turning their attention to Hataitai, and the expressway through the suburb that has long been planned to move traffic faster to and from the airport. Read more »

Dave gets it right

by Lindsay Shelton
Roading problems around the Basin Reserve aren’t rocket science (even though the Transport Agency hasn’t been able to deal with them). Dave Armstrong got it right yesterday when he described them in one precise paragraph. Read more »

No place for pro-flyover councillors in next round of Basin planning

It’s wrong that flyover supporters have chosen themselves as the “transport leaders” to decide what needs to be done to the roads around the Basin Reserve. Their preferred project has twice been rejected through legal processes. They should stand down in favour of people with a clean slate and an un-blinkered vision. Read more »

“Ready for ideas:” Basin traffic planners promise to work with the community

News from Wellington Regional Council
Wellington transport leaders are committed to working with the regional community to find a solution to the Basin Reserve traffic issue now that the Basin flyover project has been abandoned. Read more »

Secrecy is not the answer – six people meet to plan Basin changes

by Lindsay Shelton
A secretive six-member group has made a move to decide on the next stage of roading changes at the Basin Reserve. But it’s indefensible that a majority of the group’s six members were supporters of the twice-rejected flyover plan. Read more »

Build motorways, prepare for more cars

What will be the result of completing Transmission Gully and the new motorway that’s being bulldozed through the quiet towns of the Kapiti Coast? Yes, you may be able to get to Levin in half the time. But worse: the new expressways are expected to bring over 11,000 more cars into the CBD – that’s 20 per cent more than now – every morning. Read more »

Going into reverse at the Basin

The decision rejecting the Basin flyover contained significant errors of law which could constrain progress, claimed the Transport Agency in its appeal. The High Court, however, ruled that there were no such errors. The Agency then reversed its stance. Read more »

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