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Transport issues for public discussion at meeting tonight

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A new transport group formed to address transport issues by working across all parties is holding a public meeting next Monday.

“There are too many entrenched interests addressing what is one of the most important problems facing urban society today. We believe it is important to work together with all those involved to reach workable solutions,” says Michael Barnett, of Congestion Free Wellington

Congestion Free Wellington (CFW), is a coalition of transport interest groups promoting fresh ideas for a vibrant and live-able city is holding a public meeting in the mezzanine meeting room, Wellington Central Library, on Monday 28 August at 6pm.

The group wants to see diversity in transport planning and questions the emphasis placed on expanding the road space in the urban area.

“We support the principles and objectives of the Let’s Get Wellington Moving process. However, we are concerned that these principles are compromised by current planning, which commits the bulk of available funding to more tunnels and a substandard cross-town motorway,” Mr Barnett says.

“We are not anti-car but every person who chooses to walk, cycle or take public transport frees up much-needed road space. Those paying the highest cost from congestion are small businesses like electricians and plumbers.

“Stuck in traffic, they lose income.

“If we develop a transport system that provides realistic alternatives to the private car, these vehicle-dependent businesses will be among the biggest beneficiaries.”

Mr. Barnett says CFW wants to facilitate high-value journeys, like an ambulance rushing to an emergency. To this end they are recommending increasing the use of public transport, creating cycle lanes, walking facilities and the introduction of rail from Wellington rail station to the airport and Miramar via Newtown.

“Planning should start now, not sometime in the distant future.

This public meeting in the mezzanine meeting room, Wellington Central Library, (on Monday 28 August at 6pm is to raise awareness of these choices.

Guest speakers include Barry Mein, Let’s Get Wellington Moving Programme Director who will present an update on how LGWM hope intends to achieve its objectives, Paula Warren (Trams-Action) on sustainable transport hierarchy and Dr. Russell Tregonning (OraTaiao: The NZ Climate & Health Council) addressing climate change and health issues.

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