Time for politicians to move on from “inappropriate” flyover, say campaigners

News from Save the Basin
The Save the Basin Campaign is telling local and national politicians it’s “time to move on” from the Transport Agency’s failed plan to build a concrete flyover at the Basin Reserve in central Wellington.

The call comes in the wake of today’s Basin Bridge Board of Inquiry’s final decision to decline the NZTA’s resource consent application for its proposed flyover.

Save the Basin Campaign spokesperson Tim Jones says: “The Board’s decision confirms what Save the Basin and many other submitters have said all along. It’s completely inappropriate to build a flyover at the Basin Reserve, and the NZTA, Greater Wellington and Wellington City Council got it wrong when they refused to seriously consider alternative proposals.”

“So now it’s time to move on from the failed flyover plan and come up with a better solution. That doesn’t mean, as some local politicians have suggested, attempting to bundle a flyover proposal up with other transport proposals and trying to sneak it through as part of a package. It does mean developing a solution informed by genuine community engagement and participation – because, as the Board of Inquiry acknowledged, there are genuine non-flyover options that would avoid ruining the environment of the Basin Reserve.”

“New Zealanders’ transport behaviour is changing rapidly. Evidence shows that young urban New Zealanders are increasingly choosing not to drive. This means that old transport assumptions and outdated transport models can’t be trusted when considering future transport needs. So a low-cost interim solution that could later be made permanent is one approach that deserves serious consideration,” Tim Jones concluded.

 

1 comment:

  1. City Lad, 7. September 2014, 20:16

    A great pity that the Regional Council chairwoman Fran Wilde expressed her considerable disappointment so soon after the Board of Inquiry’s draft decision. It’s time now for common-sense and not panic attacks. All losing parties should reflect on the robustness of the final report. And learn to accept that the Board members have completed a thorough examination of all aspects.

    It’s time for a complete overhaul of the transport planning methods and controls in Wellington City. Only then will sensible decisions be made. And never again should the regional and city councils let sub-committees make decisions of major significance. That’s the responsibility of all of the elected members.

     

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