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  1. Alana Bowman, 18. March 2013, 10:15

    Over the weekend, and after talking to actually hundreds of cricket fans, it is clear that there is real outrage and anger about a flyover at the Basin Reserve. Will council listen to Wellington residents – and the majority of submitters – who oppose the flyover? Or will NZTA bully and win with their mis-representations of alternatives, and distortions of figures?

  2. Adam J, 18. March 2013, 21:38

    I’m originally from Birmingham, UK, where hideous 1950s flyovers like this are finally being razed to improve areas.

  3. Elaine, 18. March 2013, 22:29

    Over the weekend watching the cricket fans walk along Kent / Cambridge Tce., at lunch break, and then looking to the left towards the iconic Basin Reserve, it is appalling to imagine a huge concrete structure blocking out the Basin view. And for what? There is no evidence this is necessary, all the stats which have been static since 2002 are extrapolated to 2021 as if car use would rise exponentially although the evidence says otherwise.
    If the Wellington City Councillors cannot protect this city that they are paid to serve, its ambiance and livability will be destroyed.
    The flyover will be as useful as the Overseas Terminal was by the time it was completed. This is old thinking and will not solve a perceived problem. The bypass was supposed to do this, now the flyover, then a second tunnel, then eight lanes through Hataitai, then what more to the airport whose freight business is minimal and the passenger numbers are static.

  4. Lee, 18. March 2013, 23:15

    Why aren’t cricket players up in arms? This will be a horror on the field. Don’t they take pride in the cricket ground?
    No big noisy thing like that should be allowed anywhere near the Basin.

  5. Paddington, 19. March 2013, 10:29

    Lee: You should ring up Councillor ‘mystery” Morrison and ask him! But like so many councillors he too is a “bob each way”

  6. Hamish, 19. March 2013, 13:46

    As an Aucklander with no particular attachment to the project, the Basin Reserve or traffic in Wellington, but some inside knowledge of the design process, I wonder what basis Richard Reid has to say: “All this congestion is able to be resolved without the need for a flyover.”

    As I understand it, traffic modelling on proposed at-grade solutions determined that only a fly-over or tunnel solution would actually achieve the required outcomes. Does anyone have any detail on the methodology Richard Reid used to determine otherwise?

  7. Richard Reid, 19. March 2013, 16:37

    Please see our website where our methodology for the whole Cobham Drive to Buckle St Transport Improvement Project is outlined in detail:

    Overview of Basin Reserve and SH1 Motorway Project: http://www.richardreid.co.nz/project.php?aid=75
    Our methodology, analysis and design is outlined here: http://www.richardreid.co.nz/pdf/WCC_Scope_Proposal.pdf
    Our critique of what WCC did not include from our methodology, analysis and design in its assessment of our proposal is provided here: http://wellington.scoop.co.nz/?p=53407

    Regarding traffic modelling of proposed at-grade solutions, all of NZTA’s investigations of options from 2001 onwards, including at-grade, have been located north of the Basin Reserve and involved either a flyover or a tunnel because the northern location brings east-to-west traffic in direct conflict with north and south flows. No options have ever been investigated by NZTA using the existing Roundabout to separate the different flows of traffic.

    Our proposal is the first to undertake this and we have combined astute re-organisation of the Roundabout lanes with important improvements to the rest of the regional route.

  8. lindsay, 20. March 2013, 9:57

    If the council allows the flyover to be built, what’s sure is that in due course there will be a second flyover alongside it, carrying traffic in the opposite direction – a doubly destructive result for the Basin and its neighbourhood.

  9. Elaine, 20. March 2013, 18:46

    Lee: why indeed aren’t the cricketers, cricket establishment and Basin Trust up in arms?
    The flyover will shade the ground summer and winter, and that is not good for cricket, as well as the noise, fumes, and movement distraction.
    A stand, or a wall with changing rooms as it now appears to be, will not shield the ground from all these things

  10. Maximus, 20. March 2013, 20:58

    Elaine – why aren’t the cricketers up in arms? Because they have been bribed, that is why – or at least, they believe they will have a fat healthy bribe coming their way in the form of a new stand. It is as simple as that.

  11. Paul R, 21. March 2013, 11:15

    The flyover decision would be a huge mistake. Council needs to invest in rail transport & cycling infrastructure. A car flyover would push Wellington even further behind the rest of the world than it already is! We are in 2013 not 1950!!!!

  12. Mark B., 21. March 2013, 20:08

    Demand a public vote – let the people who LIVE in Wellington speak their minds and decide where and how to spend their money, and how to maintain and build the city in its naturally beautiful landscape.
    Celia’s trying hard to help slow the process so that expensive irreversible mistakes are not made, but don’t let the other councillors off the hook – it’s not THEIR city to play with, it’s OURS. Let us decide.