Wellington Scoop

Best alternatives for the Basin – time for meaningful discussions

News from Save the Basin Campaign
“It’s taken a long time for the NZ Transport Agency to come to its senses,” said Save the Basin Campaign spokesperson Tim Jones, “but today’s decision not to pursue further legal action means central and local government and community groups such as ourselves can finally sit down and have a meaningful discussion about the best alternatives for Wellington.”

The Save the Basin Campaign said that it was pleased that the NZTA has decided not to seek leave to appeal against the High Court decision to reject its proposed Basin Reserve flyover.

“The meaningful discussion needs to be about more than transport,” Mr Jones added.

“As the Board of Inquiry clearly showed in its report, the landscape, urban design and heritage aspects of the Basin Reserve precinct are of vital importance. And what’s more, the transport issue is about more than the Basin Reserve. The decision not to pursue a flyover provides an opportunity for Wellington to develop a modern, sustainable transport system that is appropriate for the 21st century.”

“If central and local government agencies are ready to engage in open, constructive discussion,” Me Jones concluded, “then Save the Basin will be keen to play its part.”