News report from Nick Leggett, mayor of Porirua
The Wellington Regional Transport Committee today slapped down the December decision of Wellington City Council by resolving its support for grade separation and a bridge over the Basin Reserve.
The motion was moved by Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett and seconded by Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy to ‘elevate’ the Basin project to one of ‘regional importance.’
“Movement from SH1 through the Wellington CBD to the Airport, Hospital and Eastern Suburbs is significant for residents of the Hutt, Porirua, Kapiti and North Wellington. With the Basin and Mount Vic tunnel at full capacity, growth in traffic is going to spill congestion on to local roads as well, particularly Oriental Bay,” said Nick Leggett.
The Regional Transport Committee has noted that the bridge is the only immediate option and has urged NZTA to progress the project to a Board of Enquiry as soon as possible.
“Unblocking congestion at the Basin is a key to improving growth in the region as well as a greater capacity and ease for public transport,” he said.
The $90 million dollar project has had funding confirmed by NZTA; however it is in jeopardy because of the lack of support from Wellington City Council as the local authority.
“NZTA is unlikely to take this project to a Board of Enquiry if the local council doesn’t show its support. It’s an irresponsible position when such a significant project that can alleviate congestion for so many Wellington residents'” said Mayor Leggett.