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Greens launch “no flyover” petition at the Basin

Media release – Save the Basin
The New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA) has recently released its National Land Transport Programme for 2009/12. The Wellington section of this document sets out plans that could see a flyover constructed at the Basin Reserve at a cost of $47 million – a considerable hike on the initial price tag of $33 million. What’s more, should the flyover be constructed, it will likely lead to duplication of the Mt Victoria Tunnel at a cost of more than $175 million.

Funding to acquire the property to construct the flyover is expected to be secured in 2010 while money to design the flyover is expected from 2011/12. Construction would inevitably follow on after that.

However, it is still only 2009 which means that we the people of Wellington still have the chance to prevent this ridiculous road from being built.

So I strongly urge you to join Sue Kedgley and the Green councillors at the Cambridge Terrace entrance to the Basin Reserve this morning at 9.15am to launch the Green Party ‘no flyover’ petition. We won’t let this unnecessary road building project go ahead.

If you are interested in more information you can view the NZTA’s Wellington document by clicking on the following link: http://www.nzta.govt.nz/publications/nltp/docs/wellington.pdf_