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  1. mark, 2. March 2013, 11:28

    “It’s becoming a battle about what’s best for traffic versus what’s best for the city’s urban design”

    But is it really going to give better traffic flow? And where is this traffic going anyway? It’s become an article of faith at NZTA that a motorway from the Airport to Levin (now ÅŒtaki) will solve every traffic problem along that corridor. That’s not going to happen. Motorways increase congestion; they don’t resolve problems but create more.

  2. Lindsay, 2. March 2013, 12:05

    Re traffic flow: the flyover is designed for two lanes of traffic coming out of the one lane in the Mt Vic tunnel and heading west. The Adelaide Road intersection will be bypassed and everyone will be driving under Tory Street instead of crossing it. Otherwise, there’ll be no improvement in traffic flow: vehicles will still have to stop at the Taranaki Street lights, and the Victoria Street lights, and the Cuba Street lights, and the Willis Street lights … no change after spending $90m.

  3. Elaine, 2. March 2013, 14:44

    “Planting trees will do nothing to hide a concrete flyover 9 meters high…’ Trees take 150 years to grow.
    At our meeting with N Z T A employees, we were told the flyover would be 7.4 meters to the underside, BUT at its maximum as a structure it would be 16 meters in some places.
    Noise is projected to increase, pollution is not correctly measured but a modeled table is used
    Correct and relevant information allowing an informed decision to be made should not be so difficult to access.
    Also in this race to the cheapest, nastiest, option – haven’t we forgotten the old adage ‘cheapest is dearest.’ A liveable capital city deserves better

  4. Curtis Nixon, 2. March 2013, 23:24

    Uberbridge = hideous abomination.
    A mid-air traffic jam.
    Civic vandalism as a solution to a non-existent problem.
    The fix is in.

  5. Trish, 4. March 2013, 12:37

    I have finally got it ! The idea is to park the cars that will still be stuck in the peak hour queue from the Badminton Hall to Taranaki St up in the air (and in the tunnel), where they will be out of the way of the buses and cars heading from Kent Tce to Newtown. OK then. But now I feel sorry for all the people living in Tawa who thought it was about getting home faster from the airport.

  6. Phil C, 6. March 2013, 1:26

    Bummer. First they buggered my homeland on a national level, and now they’re vandalising it on a local level.

    It’s becoming an ever-larger diaspora around the world, watching aghast as New Zealand makes mistakes that it could avoid by learning from other countries, as NZ used to do. But no, that bloody-minded, fast buck, free market attitude of the Kiwi ruling caste ensures the last people left in NZ will be a few financiers, some uber-rich and a vast class of abused, ignored untermenschen.

    Me and my ex-pat mates have been making bets on how long it is before Australia has to step in and contain the dissolution of NZ and the flood of people trying to leave. It’s working out at about 25 years at the moment.