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MPs welcome flyover rejection: “time for NZTA to work with community”

News from NZ Labour Party
The High Court decision rejecting the Transport Agency’s attempts to build the Basin Reserve flyover must now mean that the Agency finally works with the community on other options for transport solutions in Wellington, said Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King today.

“We welcome the Court decision. The exhaustive Board of Inquiry process rejected the flyover because the costs simply did not match the benefits. NZTA has only itself to blame for being in this position. They have failed to look properly at other options that would not have had the effect of seriously compromising the environment and heritage of our city as the flyover would have,“ Grant Robertson says.

“We now need to focus on making the improvements to Wellington’s transport network that will enable traffic to flow freely. We urge NZTA to forget about expensive court battles, and get around the table with the community and develop sustainable and practical proposals. This should have happened long ago,” Annette King said.

“It’s important to acknowledge the community groups, including Save the Basin, the Architecture Centre and the local residents associations who have put some much time, effort and money into fighting the flyover. They deserve huge credit for their perseverance,” Grant Robertson says.