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NZTA not appealing against flyover decision, promises “new conversations” instead

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The NZ Transport Agency has decided not to appeal the High Court’s Basin Bridge decision, and says the High Court’s findings provide valuable clarity to help guide the development of future infrastructure projects throughout the country.

The High Court issued a ruling on 21 August dismissing the Transport Agency’s appeal against last year’s Board of Inquiry decision to cancel the notice of requirement and decline resource consents for the Basin Bridge proposal.

Acting Chief Executive Jenny Chetwynd says the Transport Agency appealed to the High Court to clarify the law applying to the process for assessments of notices of requirement for the Basin Bridge project, and for other infrastructure projects across the country, that arose in the context of the Board of inquiry’s decision on the Basin Bridge proposal.

“We have listened to and considered the High Court’s decision, and we accept its findings. We will not be appealing this decision, as the High Court’s decision provides useful clarification on a number of points of law for future infrastructure projects.

“This clarity will be valuable when we, and other infrastructure providers, are preparing for future projects.”

Ms Chetwynd said that the High Court ruling means this project will not proceed as the Transport Agency does not have the required approvals. She says the Agency is committed to working together with the community and local councils, particularly Wellington City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council, to spark new conversations and ideas about the best way forward for delivering vital transport improvements for the Capital.

“We’re now looking to the future with renewed commitment to work in partnership with Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and other local agencies to jointly identify, plan and deliver significant and integrated improvements across the Wellington transport system in the corridor between the Wellington Urban Motorway and Wellington International Airport for all transport users.

“At the same time, we recognise there are some immediate transport issues to tackle, and together with our council partners, we’ll be looking to implement optimisation improvements in the short term, helping to keep people and goods moving through the city.”

6 comments:

  1. Wellington Commuter, 4. September 2015, 15:22

    Interesting that NZTA now looks “to work in partnership with Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and other local agencies to jointly identify, plan and deliver significant and integrated improvements”
    And “we’ll be looking to implement optimisation improvements in the short term”.

    I thought we had identified a plan to fix congestion to Wellington East: grade separation at the Basin, 2nd Mt Vic tunnel and four lane to the airport plus dedicated bus lanes. Now it seems to me NZTA are accepting that the community (at least those who speak up) are in opposition to and do not want major road improvements around Mt Victoria. I am sure NZTA are up to repainting the Basin traffic lanes (adding cycleways of course) but I get the feeling they are walking away from the 2nd Mt Vic tunnel and 4-laning SH1 to the Airport until their partner councils find some spine to support them.

     
  2. lindsay, 4. September 2015, 15:41

    With respect, Wellington Commuter, that’s nonsense. Today’s High Court decision is solely about roading around the Basin Reserve. And on this subject everyone, including (it seems) the NZTA, now accepts that there are better and less damaging ways of solving any traffic problems than building a concrete bridge. And also: everyone including the councils and the NZTA is on record as agreeing to work together on a better plan. The implied threats in your last sentence are a reminder of the tactics used by the NZTA during the bad years when it wasn’t willing to work with anyone.

     
  3. Ross Teppett, 4. September 2015, 16:09

    End of the road! Now for a sensible solution please. [via Twitter]

     
  4. City Lad, 5. September 2015, 8:05

    I remember Richard Reid at the Board of Inquiry offering very low cost alternatives to a flyover. NZTA should explore all possibilities.

     
  5. Hugh Norton, 6. September 2015, 1:42

    What about a light rail system to airport works well overseas

     
  6. RS, 7. September 2015, 21:42

    Acting NZTA Chief Executive Jenny Chetwynd says “We’re now looking to the future with renewed commitment to work in partnership with Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and other local agencies…” So, given that WCC, GWRC and the Regional Transport Committee ALL formally voted against the Takapu Valley Motorway, perhaps Jenny could point this out to her staff, who at a recent Tawa public meeting actively avoided acknowledging these local authority votes and concerns. This is not working together.