Blow for bridge project
The Wellington Regional Transport Committee has slapped down a decision of Wellington City Council by resolving its support for grade separation and a bridge over the Basin Reserve.
A motion to elevate the Basin project to one of regional importance was moved by Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett and seconded by Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy on February 13.
‘‘Movement from State Highway 1 through the Wellington CBD to the airport, hospital and eastern suburbs is significant for residents of the Hutt, Porirua, Kapiti and north Wellington. With the Basin and Mount Vic tunnel at full capacity growth in traffic is going to spill congestion onto local roads as well, particularly Oriental Bay,’’ said Mr Leggett.
The Regional Transport Committee noted that the bridge is the option and has urged NZTA to progress the project to a Board of Enquiry as soon as possible.
‘‘ Unblocking congestion at the Basin is a key to improving growth in the region as well as a greater capacity and ease for public transport,’’ said Mr Leggett.
The $90m project has had funding confirmed by NZTA, however it is in jeopardy because of the lack of support from Wellington City Council.
‘‘NZTA is unlikely to take this project to a Board of Enquiry if the local council doesn’t show its support. It’s an irresponsible position when such a significant project that can alleviate congestion for so many Wellington residents,’’ said Mr Leggett.