Archive for the 'Flyover' Category

“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

by PCGM
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

Wellington.Scoop
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?

by PCGM
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 »

Many congratulations on flyover victory, but none from the city council

Wellington.Scoop
Cyclists have welcomed it. The country’s largest walking group has welcomed it. MPs from Labour, the Greens and NZ First have welcomed it. Local residents have welcomed it. But local body politicians aren’t joining in the chorus of congratulations in response to the flyover decision. Nick Leggett is devastated. Fran Wilde sees it as a hugely disappointing setback. Wayne Guppy says it’s catastrophic. (Are they prone to hyperbole in Upper Hutt?) Read more »

NZ First wants trams to the airport as alternative to congested roads

News release from NZ First
A light rail link between Wellington city and the airport is a common sense, smart move, says New Zealand First. Read more »

Cancelled, declined: board of inquiry rejects Basin flyover by 3 to 1 majority

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

Rejection of flyover “the only logical decision, based on evidence”

by Joanna Newman
The Save the Basin Campaign congratulates the Basin Bridge Board of Inquiry for declining approvals for the proposed Basin Reserve flyover. Read more »

Alternative Basin traffic options must follow flyover rejection, say MPs

News release from NZ Labour Party
The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must not be used as an excuse to take resources away from the capital, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. Read more »

Labour MPs say flyover decision “victory for sustainable transport”

News release from NZ Labour Party
The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way for other alternatives to be given a fair hearing, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. Read more »

Rejection of Basin flyover “a victory for commonsense,” say Greens

News release from Greens
The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority’s draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed. Read more »

Cyclists welcome flyover decision: “time for fresh thinking on transport issues”

News release from Cycle Aware
Cycle Aware Wellington has congratulated the Basin Bridge Board of Inquiry for declining resource consent for the NZTA’s proposed Basin Reserve flyover. Read more »

City Council will seek publically acceptable solution, says deputy mayor

News release from WCC
The Wellington City Council is analysing today’s decision to decline the proposed Basin Reserve flyover. Read more »

Flyover decision a “disappointing setback;” Fran Wilde wants alternative

Media release from GWRC
The draft decision declining resource consent for the construction of the Basin Bridge is a disappointing setback for the Wellington region and work now needs to begin on finding an alternative solution to keep Wellington moving, says Fran Wilde, Chair of the Regional Council and the Regional Transport Committee. Read more »

Nick Leggett devastated by “backward” rejection of flyover

Media release from Porirua City Council
The decision not to proceed with the Basin Reserve flyover is devastating for the Wellington region and is a classic example of why “some form of local government amalgamation needs to happen,” says Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett. Read more »

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