Flyover News

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.

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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 »

Four lanes to the planes – not the answer

by Michael C Barnett
One of the issues identified in the Let’s Get Wellington Moving progress report is congestion on the key routes into and through the CBD, resulting in delays and unreliable journey times. It’s a problem that exists for only a few hours per day. Read more »

They opened it, but not for traffic

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Photo via Twitter from Transport Minister Simon Bridges

by Lindsay Shelton
I can remember when official openings were immediately followed by access for the public – into a new shop, or on to a new road. Not these days. The Kapiti Expressway was officially opened this morning. But it didn’t mean anything for motorists. Read more »

Decongesting traffic – without more roads

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by Michael C Barnett
In a recent article, I challenged Wellington’s road and transport planners to expand their thinking and to ease congestion in the city by making a paradigm shift away from more road construction. I suggested that proposals to expand the road corridor between the Terrace Tunnel and Cobham Drive should be abandoned, the Vivian Street off ramp should be closed, and southbound through traffic should be redirected along Karo Drive to the Basin Reserve. How will this work and what would be the benefits? Read more »

Challenging the road planners

by Michael C Barnett
The Regional Council, the City Council and the Transport Agency are currently engaged in their “Let’s Get Wellington Moving” initiative on how to resolve traffic and transport issues in the city. Read more »

Revealed: five new transport objectives, and how you can be involved

by Tim Jones
The long-running “Let’s Get Welly Moving” process that was set up after NZTA failed to get approval for its proposed Basin Reserve flyover is beginning to produce some results – and that means that supporters of sustainable transport options need to get involved to ensure a good outcome. Read more »

Bi-partisan approach needed to fix transport problems

by Ian Apperley
It’s 3:30 on Saturday afternoon and traffic from the airport to the motorway is back to back. As I drive in the other direction, I am astounded by the queues, sadly now commonplace. Read more »

Looking for solutions: Wellington’s six top transport challenges

by PCGM
Transport is the perennial contentious issue in the capital. From court cases about the Basin Reserve to arguments over the Island Bay cycleway, barely a mayoral term goes by without some part of the community up in arms about transport issues. This time around, new councillor Chris Calvi-Freeman has the transport portfolio, and has inherited a whole collection of long-running challenges. Read more »

Priorities for new councillors

by Lindsay Shelton
What’ll be on the priority list for Wellington’s new city councillors next week? Here are some issues that should be demanding their immediate attention. Read more »

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