Flyover News

Simple solutions: they’ve got a list

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by Lindsay Shelton
At last night’s sustainable transport meeting, we learnt that the Let’s Get Welly Moving people have made a list of more than 100 simple improvements that could quickly be made to Wellington roads. Read more »

The battle for Wellington

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by Michael C Barnett
The NZ International Film Festival got underway in Wellington at the weekend with a showing of ‘Citizen Jane: Battle for the City.’ It is an excellent film about Jane Jacobs, writer and political activist, who challenged New York City Hall and won – a victory which has immediate relevance for Wellington. Read more »

Vital questions ignored in Let’s Get Welly Moving’s long list of scenarios

by Tim Jones
The Save the Basin Campaign welcomes the public release of Let’s Get Welly Moving’s long list of scenarios for the future of Wellington transport. But we are concerned that some vital questions appear to have been ignored during the assessment process. Read more »

Where are we really moving? Public meeting to discuss concerns

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A public meeting is to be held tonight to discuss concerns about the plans being indicated by the Let’s Get Wellington Moving process. Read more »

A delay that hasn’t been announced

by Lindsay Shelton
It was strange yesterday to read opinions from the Chamber of Commerce about a Let’s Get Welly Moving decision that hasn’t been announced. Read more »

It’s called the Peka Peka expressway – but it doesn’t take you to Peka Peka

by Lindsay Shelton
I thought I’d drive to Peka Peka a few days ago. So I confidently headed north on the new Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway. Bad mistake. The expressway doesn’t stop at Peka Peka. Read more »

Considering light rail more seriously

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by Brent Efford
When we met the Let’s Get Wellington Moving team last week, we found that not much serious consideration had been given to light rail, and there was little awareness of the ‘Wellington paradox’ – a city with some of the best preconditions for developing light rail in the world having a rail transit network which fails to achieve even the normal first function of intra-urban rail: penetrating the CBD. Read more »

Mixed electrical messages

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Electric buses next year? There was nothing about this in either of last week’s announcements about changes to bus contracts. But we did get this message in two comments sent to Wellington.Scoop from Regional Council chair Chris Laidlaw. Read more »

Along the harbour’s edge … but when?

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by Lindsay Shelton
Consultation began this week on plans for a harbour cycleway that was urgently needed in 2008 and was supposed to have been completed by 2015. Read more »

Build roads, the traffic will come

by Michael C Barnett
As Let’s Get Wellington Moving continues its consultation on potential transport interventions, there’s a growing suspicion that the Transport Agency is not being entirely transparent. Is its bias toward roading driven by a desire to please its political masters? Or are there statutory limitations that stop it committing major investment into infrastructure such as light rail? Maybe a bit of both. Read more »

Wanted: 450 road builders

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The Wainui saddle – part of the route of Transmission Gully. NZTA photo.

Wellington.Scoop
Not only are there hundreds of job vacancies on the $850 million Tranmission Gully project. There have also been difficulties in retaining some workers. Read more »

Congestion, and a hidden agenda

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by Michael C Barnett
The increased peak-hour congestion and longer travel times on the new Kapiti Expressway should not be surprising. Read more »

Under the surface: they’re still talking about a flyover option

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by Tim Jones
The Let’s Get Welly Moving (LGWM) public engagement process has gone through another of its seemingly endless permutations, with a series of workshops and meetings during March and April giving participants the chance to state their priorities in areas including public transport improvements, state highway improvements, encouraging active transport (walking and cycling) and transport demand management. Read more »

Wellington needs a transport champion

by Michael C Barnett
The need for local leadership to solve Wellington’s traffic congestion problems was identified last year by then Finance Minister Bill English in a speech to business leaders in Porirua. He criticised Wellington’s lack of a ‘progressive attitude’ to transport solutions. Read more »

Dave gets it right, again

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Dave Armstrong got it right on Monday. He wrote about the moving choke point that’s causing peak-time frustration on the new Kapiti Expressway: Read more »

Fixing Basin traffic – now

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by Michael C Barnett
As Wellington waits for the Transport Agency to reveal its scenarios for the Let’s Get Wellington Moving process, it’s worth acknowledging that interim measures could be implemented now, to reduce what is essentially peak-hour traffic congestion problem along the road corridors leading into the city, along Karo Drive and at the Basin Reserve. Read more »

Saving travel time – but what will happen in the CBD?

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by Michael C Barnett
They opened the Kapiti Expressway ahead of schedule last Friday – 18 new bridges, 16 kilometres of shared pathways for cyclists, walkers and (along most sections) horses, and 1.4 million new plants. This is the first completed section of the government’s road of national significance, ultimately stretching from Levin to the Wellington CBD and on to the Airport. Read more »

Telling them what Wellington needs

by Michael C Barnett
Last week I went to a meeting of the Regional Council’s Sustainable Transport Committee. It meets every six weeks to debate transport issues and decide policy. If you want to say something about any item on its agenda, you can contact the Council and speak during the public participation section. Read more »

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