Several hundred people took part in a “hands around the Basin” demonstration at the Basin Reserve today to protest against the government’s flyover plans.
The crowd stood in the rain to show its opposition to the flyover which the NZ Transport Agency wants to build along the southern edge of the Basin, starting from the Mt Victoria Tunnel and ending at Tory Street.
Demonstrators held hands around the southern edge of the Basin Reserve. They were told that if the government insisted on changing roads in the area, then the Architectural Centre’s Option X, putting the road underground, was the only acceptable choice.
Umbrellas and rainwear were needed for today’s demonstration, where …
… it was evident that the most unpopular politician was Transport Minister Stephen Joyce, who is responsible for the flyover-fixated Transport Agency and for the government’s “roads of national significance.”
Save the Basin campaigner Kent Duston, with one of the biggest umbrellas, said the flyover would achieve except to move congestion 300 metres, at a cost of $97million. But it would result in the destruction of the Basin as a sporting and cultural venue.
Local MP Grant Robertson was one of the speakers. He opposed the flyover because of the damage it would cause to the neighbourhood of the Basin, and he supported Option X as the only acceptable proposal because it would create new open spaces for pedestrians and cyclists which be better for Wellington’s environment.