Blow for bridge project

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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.

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