Averting another flyover failure
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.