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More time wanted for submissions on transport scenarios

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The Let’s Get Wellington Moving project this evening revealed its four ‘scenarios’ for Wellington’s future transport.

LGWM represents Wellington City and Greater Wellington Regional Councils, and the NZ Transport Agency. It has worked over the last 18 months, initially involving a flurry of activity with public submissions and invitee-only meetings, followed by a period of secret deliberation over recent months. Its meeting tonight starts a public submission process which closes on December 15.

FIT Wellington, a group with engineering and planning skills, has researched transport systems world-wide. Spokesman Michael Barnett, a former Wellington City council road engineer and transport planner says, “What started out as an open and transparent consultation process has descended into a veil of secrecy in a rushed process designed to limit public involvement in its final and crucial decision making. Its decisions will affect all Wellingtonians. We request a longer submission period extending well into the new year to give the public enough time to respond adequately.”

FIT is strongly opposed to expensive new urban motorways and road tunnels. Rather the focus should be on measures to get peak hour commuters out of their cars and on to other transport modes as the only viable long term solution to Wellington City’s transport problems. Tunnels and motorways will result in more cars into the city and will continue to fail Wellington.

“More of the same will not work: we need transformational thinking for our transport planning and urban development”, says Michael Barnett.

FIT concludes that all-electric Light Rail on high population density arterial routes, supported by an all-electric bus network, is the best way to solve Wellington’s increasing traffic congestion. Our research shows that Light Rail will also bring health, environmental, climate, land use, economic and social benefits.

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