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Architectural Centre supports NZ First’s endorsement of light rail

Press Release – The Architectural Centre
The Architectural Centre strongly supports NZ First’s view that Wellington would benefit from light rail as part of a comprehensive and sustainable transport option.

On Friday Denis O’Rourke, New Zealand First Spokesperson for Transport, promoted better public transport options in a media release. He asserted that:

“In New Zealand’s three largest cities, as in many other parts of the world, there are very significant transport efficiency benefits, and social environmental and economic benefits, with installing light rail /modern trams on routes with high user potential. Trams can carry many more people than buses, and they are cleaner, quieter, more environmentally friendly and more complementary to the urban environment than cars and buses, while freeing up more road space for cars, especially at peak times. Powered by electricity, this form of transport is also more sustainable, reducing reliance on fossil fuels and lowering the large contribution to ‘greenhouse’ emissions which transport activities make in New Zealand.”

The Architectural Centre’s president Christine McCarthy responds:

“New Zealand First’s endorsement of light rail demonstrates the commonsense which has been lacking in the Transport Committee which is throwing out electric trolley buses in preference for diesel-powered public transport. A light rail network from Wellington railway station to the airport is especially important.

“Imagine visitors’ impression of Wellington as they travel a light rail route around our beautiful coast and into the city.

“Light rail would support the very recently approved Wellington Conference Centre, reduce road congestion and enable planned intensification of the eastern and southern suburbs, especially along Adelaide Road, supporting the council’s Adelaide Road framework. It would also demonstrate to tourists and other overseas visitors on their arrival that Wellington is a world-class city.”

The Architectural Centre was formed in 1946, and has been advocating for good design of our built environment ever since.

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