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LGWM image shows a flyover at Basin Reserve

Press Release – Save the Basin Campaign
Save the Basin Campaign spokesperson Tim Jones today congratulated the Let’s Get Wellington Moving project partners on the positive aspects of today’s Wellington transport announcement, but said that many questions remained about the detailed plans for the Basin Reserve and the Basin Reserve precinct.

“Overall,” said Mr Jones, “there is a lot to like about this morning’s announcement. We applaud the change of emphasis from the motorway madness of the past to a future that is better for the climate and better for people. Better walking, cycling, public transport and mass transit, plus transport demand management, are all welcome parts of the plan.”

“But as usual,” said Mr Jones, “the devil is in the detail. And when it comes to the detailed documents released today by the transport planners behind LGWM, the picture starts to look less promising.”

Save the Basin was one of the groups that help to defeat the previous Basin Reserve flyover proposal. At the announcement today, politicians admitted that the previous flyover plan had been a mistake. “That’s great to hear,” said Mr Jones, “but the problem is that the detailed documents released today include a picture that looks a whole lot like ‘Flyover 2.0’.” (1)

“Clearly there has been a mind-shift among many political leaders over the future of Wellington transport,” said Mr Jones. “But we’re not so sure that the New Zealand Transport Agency has deviated from its desire to build a Basin Reserve flyover. The pictures chosen for these documents tell a story that’s at odds with the bold and welcome statements made at today’s launch. Likewise, we have many questions about the announced plans for a second Mt Victoria tunnel.”

“Save the Basin remains committed to safeguarding the future of the Basin Reserve as a unique and defining environmental and heritage feature of Wellington, and to working towards a future Wellington transport system that moves away from dependence on private motor vehicles and helps to make the urgent greenhouse gas emissions reduction that both the Government and Wellington City Council agree to be necessary. We will be analysing these documents carefully and considering our response as the process moves forward,” Mr Jones concluded.

(1) See October 2018 Recommended Programme of Investment, https://getwellymoving.co.nz/assets/Documents/The-Plan/6575-LGWM-Recommended-Programme-RPI-v6.pdf, p. 2

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  1. Justin Lester, 16. May 2019, 15:28

    It’s an at grade existing road. The difference is a ramped under pass for pedestrians leading to the Basin Reserve. It’s wonderfully designed and will be a cherished space. Our urban designers have led this alongside NZTA and done a wonderful job to come up with a beautifully landscaped solution and a vast improvement on the current situation! I have a great deal of confidence in their work. [via twitter]

  2. greenwelly, 16. May 2019, 15:51

    So, it’s basically a modified option X? If you’ve got urban designs (and presumably flat plans) publish them, don’t hide behind “artists’ impressions.”

  3. Pseudopanax, 16. May 2019, 18:49

    Justin please tell me that behind all the lovely pictures and words we not still faced with planning ‘Four Lanes To The Planes’ with another Mt Vic road tunnel and the widening of Ruahine St and Wellington Rd? Please!

  4. mason, 17. May 2019, 0:37

    the planned ‘mass transit’ is obviously going to be some sort of bendy bus disguised as a trackless tram so why not admit it?

  5. Kara Lipski, 19. May 2019, 9:42

    Remember – last election we did not vote in the mayoral candidate who was proposing “4 lanes to the planes” and it shouldn’t be any different this time.

  6. Anabel, 19. May 2019, 10:15

    Justin we don’t want a basin flyover – this was made clear to you with the opposition to it. And we don’t have a lot of confidence in the NZTA and their work.

  7. Helen, 19. May 2019, 20:17

    Could we toll the road so users pay for it and not the rest of us?

  8. Harry M, 20. May 2019, 6:18

    Helen – toll roads are not a solution for anything except for more Crown revenues, they’re just another problem.
    We already pay for road construction, road maintenance , high gas taxes and fuel prices so toll roads are like being made to paying for roads again.

  9. Helen, 20. May 2019, 9:18

    No Harry – tolls pay for new roads that otherwise might wait decades to be funded. And I don’t want my petrol excise going up to pay for a tunnel/flyover or whatever extra capacity is needed in central Wellington so we can accommodate 80,000 more people. And I don’t want to pay for Light Rail either at $1 – $2 billion. I’m happy with Wellington’s population now. All that is needed is a decent bus system oh and the trolleys brought back.

  10. Heidi P, 20. May 2019, 10:29

    Harry is correct as with the unwanted Basin Flyover and another Mt Vic tunnel, toll roads don’t solve any of the problems created by local govt’s vision-less and heartless agendas. It appears the plan is still to force through the agenda (Basin flyover, 2nd Mt Vic tunnel and airport extension) despite strong public opposition. Then they throw in toll roads to get more revenue. It’s shocking stuff and it’s not a democracy!

  11. Russel C., 20. May 2019, 12:56

    @Heidi: I vote for a tolled tunnel.