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We’re still waiting: John Milford sees nervousness about transport planning

Press Release – Wellington Chamber Of Commerce
Transport Minister Phil Twyford’s announcement that the Let’s Get Wellington Moving plan will not be ready until next year is yet more disappointing news to commuters, says the Wellington Chamber of Commerce.

“Wellington’s transport plan was due out in August, then November, now we have to wait until early 2019,” says Chief Executive John Milford.

“Delays are making people nervous about the government’s commitment to solving our transport bottlenecks.”

“The government promised Auckland’s large list of transport projects wouldn’t be at Wellington’s expense. Yet Wellington is still waiting.”

“Even worse, projects already in the pipeline like Petone to Grenada and the Melling interchange are being ‘reviewed’ with no guarantee they will now proceed.”

“The lack of big new projects for Wellington in August’s National Land Transport Programme release already indicates we are not getting our fair share from the government despite Wellingtonians paying higher petrol taxes.”

“Wellington needs new roads and public transport upgrades to deal with our expanding population, improve resilience, and boost economic growth.”

“The Chamber is clear that locals must contribute to the cost of these projects, and our member surveys show they are prepared to provide funding to get construction started.”

“The whole point of Get Welly Moving was to seat everyone around the table to agree on what needs to be built next over the next ten years and how to pay for it. Continual delays could undermine the consensus that has taken time and effort to build up.”

“Locals want action. Stakeholders agree on the plan. Businesses are prepared to chip in. We just need local and central government politicians to get on with it and sign-off on the plan.”

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10 comments:

  1. luke, 13. November 2018, 14:30

    All Milford wanted was more roads tho. I don’t believe him at all.

     
  2. glenn, 13. November 2018, 15:36

    Hes not the only one wanting more roads, most wellingtonians do

     
  3. Pseudopanax, 13. November 2018, 16:07

    No More Roads Please! Most Wellingtonians who care about their city realise we have hit Peak Car already and do not want to have what’s left of their wonderful city further sacrificed on to the altar of the private motor car and become a view from a flyover for those further north who want to knock ten minutes off their journey to the airport….

     
  4. Save the Basin, 13. November 2018, 20:30

    Let’s Get Welly Moving is beginning to feel like a reboot of Titanic, with a twist: the old Transit NZ road-building officers are still at the wheel & heading for the iceberg, while heroes PhilTwyford JulieanneGenter and JamesShaw try to wrench the wheel from their grasp. [via twitter]

     
  5. congestionfreewelly, 13. November 2018, 20:31

    We know there are people insisting on stupid investments – for instance, people whose funding and ideology both depend on them building lots more motorway capacity. We hope and believe there are other, wiser people insisting on sensible investments for activemodes & masstransit. [via twitter]

     
  6. Ross Clark, 13. November 2018, 23:52

    Control parking availability and the ‘need’ for new roads will dry up almost overnight …

     
  7. Cecil Roads, 14. November 2018, 10:45

    Exactly Ross, the roads will become thoroughfares once again instead of suburban car parks. We will be able to drive and cycle at speed once again instead of dodging opening car doors.

     
  8. Tony Jansen, 14. November 2018, 10:51

    More ideologically redundant nonsense from the Chamber of Commerce and John Milford. If there was ever a man whose time had long gone…..I hardly think he is serving his employers or constituents wisely and effectively. We do not want nor need more roads. We need to better configure what we have and look at public transport improvements and additions. And for those already frothing at the mouth, I am not talking about cycleways. Most people in Wellington actually commute by walking. So we need to work on improving provision of public transport that assists with this. Less car parks and less motorways is a far better goal then more of the same 1950’s thinking. I would have hoped that most Wellingtonians were smart and mature enough to work this out?

     
  9. Barbara S, 14. November 2018, 10:53

    If more people keep coming into the country there will be more demands for cars, roads and houses. I’m glad I won’t be around to see it. Please keep the green spaces. Haven’t the politicians realised this YET.

     
  10. Citizen Joe, 14. November 2018, 14:44

    Well said Barbara. I suggest all population growth is housed north of the Bombay Hills.