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Laidlaw welcomes LGWM report: “mass transit corridors fundamental”

Press Release – Wellington Regional Council
Greater Wellington Regional Council Chair Chris Laidlaw welcomes today’s Let’s Get Wellington Moving report and says he’s heartened by much of the public feedback received around future transport scenarios.

“We have had excellent response from the public on ways to solve Wellington’s future transport problems and improve the livability of the city. The scenarios provide a good base to get the right combination of measures.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a step-change in the transport network to support the aspirations for the development of the city and we support the need to be bold and ambitious in our approach.

“The themes identified in the report reflect the priorities outlined in the Regional Long Term Plan. They are critically important to reducing congestion at the key pinch points around the city.

“For Greater Wellington the identification of clear and uncluttered mass transit corridors is fundamental to the whole exercise.

“We also need the capacity to introduce demand management tools to help shift the balance between public and private transport. I’m delighted that all this is now really possible under these scenarios.

“From the feedback given, Let’s Get Wellington Moving will now develop a programme of investment and plan to report back to us in June. When that information is publicly released people will have another opportunity to have their say. We have one chance to get this right so the more input we receive from the public the better.”

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  1. Sam Donald, 16. March 2018, 12:09

    According to the ‘Fundamental law of road supply’ (a term coined by Duranton & Turner in their 2011 research): An increase in road supply leads to an increase in vehicle demand. This is not what Wellington wants if it is to be a liveable, sustainable city, free of traffic congestion. Electric autonomous cars are not a solution for Wellington’s limited space, which needs to be shared efficiently to accommodate the current transport demand and the expected 50,000 – 80,000 more residents likely to call Wellington home over the next few decades. LGWM needs to look beyond the ‘tick box’ scenarios and listen to the values expressed in the feedback which call for a city not dominated by cars. Light rail was shown to be far more popular than bus rapid transit, and that’s without it even being put forward as a clear option. Scenario A+ equals walking, cycling, rapid mass transit (in the form of light rail with a route which avoids the Basin Reserve) and road pricing without new roads or road tunnels being required and is likely to be around half the cost of Scenario D. Lets instigate a future for Wellington of sustainable, integrated, fast, attractive transport that is a true alternative to more roads and the inevitable increase in cars that would come with them!