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Tired motorway sales pitch is past its sell-by date, say campaigners

Press Release – Save The Basin Reserve Campaign
The leaked transport proposals for Wellington read like a sales pitch gone badly wrong, said Save the Basin Campaign spokesperson Tim Jones.

“The tired, dated ‘four lanes to the planes’ concept is well past its sell-by date,” said Mr Jones. “A Government that’s focused on making climate change, public health and transport choices that work for everyone just isn’t going to hand over the billions of dollars required for new motorways.”

“When it comes to the Basin Reserve, all we have yet again are rumours and suggestions,” Mr Jones continued. “Until Save the Basin is presented with clear, detailed design proposals, we cannot and will not endorse any proposal that is not at the same grade as current roading, or that may threaten the Basin Reserve,” Mr Jones said.

“We need a transport system that works for everyone’s future in a changing climate,” said Mr Jones. “That means major investment in better walking and cycling, with a light rail route running through the CBD, continuing to Newtown and the hospital, and going out to Miramar and the airport. Light rail is the most efficient way to move people who don’t need to use the roads, and that helps free up the roads for those who do need them – including people on buses.”

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  1. Ian, 15. June 2018, 21:51

    Absolutely agreed Tim. The proposals as outlined in the DomPost are clearly based on the last government’s transport policy positions. Everyone expects the Government will soon announce a revised transport Government Policy Statement and NZTA/LGWM will need to withdraw their recommendations to councillors and re-submit new ideas within the new framework.

    Mayors and councillors appear to have been sucked in to support recommendations based purely on the old policy position that government will fund 100% “road and tunnel proposals” but only 50% of “sustainable rapid public transport systems” so lets take the roads while we can – we can fight for better public transport after the policy is changed. Supporting such a position for the governance of our city and region is unethical and stupid.

    For public servants to recommend outcomes based on old flawed policy positions, when they know those policies are about to change dramatically, has just set up WCC and GW councillors to get egg on face. Heads should be cracked rather than eggs.

  2. Citizen Joe, 15. June 2018, 23:04

    Ian, I guess you haven’t been getting the capital’s newspaper this week but it is now called, courtesy of Lester and Day (I think) Te UPOKO – O – TE IKA. I’m not sure when ‘Stuff’ will be changing to ‘PURUPURU’. And this also begs the question as to when Day and Lester will be asking ‘Scoop’ to become Koko and Wellington.Scoop Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui . Koko

  3. Chris Horne, 17. June 2018, 21:02

    Tim Jones, “Save the Basin” and Ian, clearly advocate for the 21st-century approach to transport planning. The NZ Transport Agency, locked in the failed 20th-century approach to it, appears to be supported by the Wellington City Council and the Greater Wellington Regional Council. Transport planning must be guided by NZ’s ratification of the COP21 Paris Accord which requires NZ to slash its greenhouse-gas emissions. The NZTA and both councils must face grim reality and stop, forthwith, promoting road-capacity increases to reduce traffic congestion. New capacity soon fails because of “induced traffic”. In addition, the construction and maintenace of new road capacity would inevitably increase our greenhouse-gas emissions.

    To reduce traffic congestion, the triumvirate of NZTA, WCC and GWRC must now implement:
    1. a regional fuel tax;
    2. increased fringe-benefit tax on company cars;
    3. congestion charging around the Wellington CBD;
    4. increased parking charges for all commuter car parks.
    All the income derived from these measures should be ring-fenced for expenditure on public transport infrastructure, and facilites for walking and for cycling.

    With these measures implemented, the city will:
    A. be better equipped to cope with the tsunami of vehicles likely to hit the capital when Transmission Gully opens;
    B. comply with the COP21 Paris Accord.