Avert­ing an­other fly­over fail­ure

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - JIM CHIPP

A web­site has been set up for pub­lic in­put.

In an ef­fort to avert an­other Basin Re­serve fly­over de­ba­cle, coun­cils and the trans­port agency have com­bined to find out how res­i­dents want Welling­ton’s con­ges­tion fixed.

NZ Trans­port Agency’s re­source con­sent to build a fly­over around the north side of the Basin Re­serve re­ceived luke­warm sup­port from Welling­ton City Coun­cil.

It was even­tu­ally over­turned by the En­vi­ron­ment Court af­ter fe­ro­cious op­po­si­tion from res­i­dents and her­itage con­serva- tion­ists. The agency and Welling­ton’s city and re­gional coun­cils have en­gaged Auck­land Univer­sity’s Cen­tre for In­fras­truc­ture Re­search di­rec­tor James Bent­ley to es­tab­lish ground rules for con­ges­tion so­lu­tions.

Bent­ley is un­der­tak­ing six weeks of work­shops and vis­its to the re­gion’s coun­cils, and a web­site has been set up for pub- lic in­put, getwelly­mov­ing.co.nz.

The six weeks would be about es­tab­lish­ing the ba­sic prin­ci­ples of both ur­ban de­sign and trans­port, he said.

‘‘This is all about the re­gion and not just about the city, ‘‘ he said.

Once those prin­ci­ples are es­tab­lished an ac­tive pe­riod of de­sign will be­gin fol­lowed by a for­mal con­sul­ta­tion process and con­sent ap­pli­ca­tions.

The short­est time that could take would be two years, but re­al­is­ti­cally, it was more likely to be four years be­fore work could be­gin, Bent­ley said.

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