Over the last few weeks I’ve heard the odd grumble in Wellington leftie circles about the proposed Basin Reserve flyover but until now haven’t really paid much attention. Nor, does it seem, have many others. The 3D artists’ projection above shows why we probably should.
According to the Save the Basin Reserve campaign, the NZ Transport Agency and the Greater Wellington Regional Council are planning:
“to build an enormous concrete flyover across the northern face of the Basin Reserve linking the entrance to the Mt Victoria tunnel on the eastern side with Buckle Street on the western side – along with a series of onramps and offramps to enable traffic to flow around the Basin. This huge concrete construction will be around 10 metres tall, will cost (we estimate) more than $50 million, and will completely ruin the Basin Reserve as a sporting and cultural venue.
Following the fiasco that was the Inner-City Bypass, this is yet another kick in the face to Wellington’s urban environment. But it’s not just about the Basin – in an age of peak oil and climate change we should be investing in public transport, not in more roads to fill with cars.
UPDATE: A good piece at NewsWire.co.nz