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Submission guide: flyover, Mt Victoria tunnel and widening of Ruahine Street and Wellington Road

Gareth Hughes MP
Gareth Hughes MP
gareth [dot] hughes [at] parliament [dot] govt [dot] nz (Email)
Russel Norman MP
Russel Norman MP
russel [dot] norman [at] parliament [dot] govt [dot] nz (Email)
Sue Kedgley MP
Sue Kedgley MP

The date for sending in a submission on this issue has passed.

Photo of part of the proposed flyover routeSubmission guide

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has released their plans for a flyover next to the Basin Reserve, a second Mt Victoria tunnel and the widening of Ruahine St and Wellington Rd. These projects are part of the Government's Roads of National Significance (RoNS) and make up part of a motorway from Levin to the airport.

Wellington does not need an uneconomic, expensive and polluting urban motorway. It is vital the public make their voice heard and demand affordable and sustainable transport solutions.

How to make a submission

Read the consultation document

Then, use our Quick Submission Form - simply enter your details, edit a suggested message and send.

Or, you can make a submission by post, email, in person or online at the New Zealand Transport Agency website.

Consultation closes on Friday, 26 August 2011.

What are we losing?

  • Flyover option A will displace the historic Sisters of Compassion creche. The creche was built in 1914 so the Sisters of Compassion could continue the pioneering creche service begun by Mother Suzanne Aubert (1835-1926).
  • 12 properties in Mt Victoria will be demolished to make way for the flyover and second tunnel
  • Wellington East Girls College's entrance will be reconfigured
  • The main Hataitai shopping centre entrance will be lost
  • Hataitai Kindergarten will be displaced
  • 25 properties on Wellington Rd will be destroyed, including an apartment block
  • Up to a depth 30 metres of town belt alongside Ruahine St will be lost
  • Half, if not all of Badminton Hall will be lost

Location

Map of routeThe project starts from the Buckle St and Taranaki St intersection and ends at the Cobham St and Kilbirnie Cres intersection. It includes two options of an 8 metre high flyover next to the Basin Reserve, a second tunnel adjacent to the existing Mt Victoria tunnel and widening Ruahine St and Wellington Rd up to seven lanes in some places. The total cost is $500 million.

For a detailed look at the location of the proposed changes, read the consultation document.

Despite opposition, no alternatives offered

Despite earlier consultation revealing that 79% of local residents oppose a flyover, the NZTA have released no alternative options. In option A the flyover would go on the southern side of Construction House, about 20metres from the historic Basin Reserve. In option B, it would go to the north of Construction House, about 65 metres from the Basin Reserve, before sweeping south to join the Mt Victoria Tunnel.

It will ruin the amenity of the iconic Basin Reserve, the historic Mother Aubert creche and the war memorial. Particulate air pollution and noise pollution will increase. Access to the town belt will be impaired and its size significantly reduced. Dozens of Hataitai and Kilbirnie residents will be displaced and their homes destroyed.  Hataitai Badminton Hall is also in the firing line and Haitaitai Kindergarten will be displaced as well.

The Hataitai shopping centre's entrance will be lost and residents will have to put up with an alternative entry to the motorway on Goa St. A depth of 30 metres will be cut into the town belt.

Lack of due process

The Government and NZTA are ignoring due process and have been using strong-arm tactics to push this project through. The RoNS designation removes any decision-making power that the Wellington City Council would normally have by giving central Government the mandate to dictate transport planning decisions. The NZTA forced the Wellington City Council into holding an extraordinary meeting to form a definitive position on the project by threatening to spend the $2 billion elsewhere in the country.  Claiming the councillors were "playing silly buggers" the NZTA demanded they make a decision before they were even shown any designs.

Our alternatives

When money is scarce and oil prices are high the Government should not be wasting most of its transport budget on uneconomic motorways that rip through local communities and pollute our city. Fewer people are driving, while demand for public transport is sky-rocketing. We do not need an expensive, polluting and ugly flyover, tunnel and motorway; we need light rail, better buses and safer cycling and walking.

How to make a submission

Read the consultation document

Then, use our Quick Submission Form - simply enter your details, edit a suggested message and send.

Or, you can make a submission by post, email, in person or online at the New Zealand Transport Agency website.

Consultation closes on Friday, 26 August 2011.

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