Wednesday, April 11, 2007


Report 1 Bus Priority Plan

5.3 Estimated cost to be $33 million Dollars but is expected to be reduced to $16 million with innovative use of lane lines.

4.3 The ownership and use of private vehicles is growing at such a rate that cannot be accommodated by Wellington's limited roading capacity. Congestion, travel delays and pollution is becoming a major constraint in our ability to grow and prosper.

"The issue of congestion should have been attended to at the beginning of the triennium but Council has failed to deal with this problem and the bypass has done nothing to alleviate it. For the last 10 years I have been calling for a more rational use of private vehicles(including carpooling), a better use of public transport, and encouraging walking and biking. The Mayor and Council have failed to deal with this pressing issue. Now with climate change clearly on the radar of most people's minds, surely the time is right to make a shift away from such heavy reliance on private transport."

Cr Bryan Pepperell

…too little, too late
And in an election year?!

It would appear Council Officials have been asked to very quickly ‘come up’ with
an idea to ensure Mayor Prendergast and other Councillors – who until now have chosen to ignore traffic congestion & Public Transport issues, in favour of a motor vehicle attracting by-pass – save their electoral necks from inevitable execution later this year.

Correct traffic management in a city the size and geography of Wellington is not addressed by throwing silly, ill-researched $16 million ‘Band Aids’ with gay abandon
on a wound which has been festering for 40-odd years.

While it is patently obvious a multi-facetted solution must be in place very soon, it must be just that and addressing the problem from one perspective only is not the way forward.

Once $16 million has been spent completely disrupting an already choked arterial system, there can only be one of two outcomes:

Either total gridlock, with motorists unable to move anywhere at anything other than a snail’s pace, or motorists ignoring the proposed system – as often happens in Paremata – the model for this impending disaster.

Central Wellington and parts of it’s suburbs were built before the invention of the Automobile and as a result, it’s streets now have a bad case of ‘Arterial Sclerosis’, unable to cope with the pressure of so many private vehicles.

The answer is not to make the roads wider, or to increase their volume capacity.

There is a good case for adopting a model giving financial incentives to those using Public Transport during rush hours.
Let Council invest in our future with a greater subsidy for buses – new, non-polluting, Trolleys would be a start.

Lower bus fares during peak periods (a system currently used by Trans Metro on the trains) and the introduction of a pedestrian precinct in the CBD are constructive and responsible ways of making leaving the car at home an attractive alternative.
The Inner-City By-Pass debacle has yet to be fixed, allowing better flow of Public Transport but with fewer cars on the road during peak time, life would be a little easier.

While investing in our future, working with Regional and Central Government to improve our commuter rail system would also be beneficial.

…better than dishing out interest free multi-million dollar loans to an aquarium on the South Coast!

Unfortunately, the proposal as outlined, has all the hallmarks of a panicked politician, ready to throw anything at the electorate in the hope they will think she’s addressing the very aspect of Wellington ignored during her 6 year term.

Does this Mayor truly believe Wellington Ratepayers will offer $7 million of their hard-earned cash for the privilege of NOT being able to park in front of their homes?
Wellington City Council



Blogger pepptalk said...

From: Burma Road Tyres []
Sent: Monday, 16 April 2007 3:11 p.m.

Your recent comments/concerns re WCC traffic plans simply again highlights the whole futility and ineffectiveness of local and central governments, I've already commented upon this some months ago . It is because of personal agendas, the desire to continue feeding from the public money trough and an almost personally assumed divine right for continuation to remain in public office until carried out in a box, that local and central government politicians engage upon short term fixes for long term problems. Just as the car user is continually made feel guilty for even owning a vehicle, filth belching planes, cargo ships, road freighters, industrial polluters(worldwide), warring nations with
exploding warheads/ammunition and their daily tonnages of fossil fuelled fightinbg aircraft/land vehicles seem to have been bypassed by the anti-private car lobbyists. Why even this planets erupting volcanoes seemed to have barely been mentioned and in NZ the Maori tribes who lay claim to "their" mountains including the stinking stench pit called Rotorua should be called upon to also pay a penalty for pollution if one wants to get nicky picky ! In our country and in particular Wellington - which is ideal for improvement- arguably has never really come to grips with planning which takes us into the real future - say up to 80 to 100 years hence. Interesting to read how early "developers and visionaries" of Wellington created the cable car and the tram system,albeit for expanding their agendas, but nonetheless created the basis of a public transport at that time. Subsequently a Cr. Manthel of WCC an advocate for buses, got his agenda ratified and the tram system eliminated.
Instead of grabbing the nettle and casting personalities aside to develop an innovative "light-rail system" to serve and provide a world class leading public transport system for the Wellington/Hutt/Kapiti Region, politicians have again let opportunity lost reign. Yes, such a system will cost squillions, yes public transport worldwide rarely makes a"profit" - break even is usual with well managed public transport- but ridding the -region of dozens of buses from our narrow roading infrastructure would be a superior solution than ikn the case of WCC spending millions of our money of surveys and highly questionable outcomes. Other part solutions could be allowing vehicles to park on Council berms where applicable and perhaps making sure all innercity commercial/residential buildings have adequate vehicle parking (not just for the executives), building group community private garaging facilities with payable rents, and look at the highly innovative car garaging systems used in Europe (stackable systems, even underground). However come election time, we will hear the tired old mantra by politicians like Peter Dunne who will continue to "fight for retention of the Johnsonville rail" and "Transmission Gully' blah blah blah. He forgets that a paper put out by Treasury some time ago, strongly recommended that the Johnsonville surburban rail be closed down. It's ironical that for a private, moderately engined vehicle it is more economic on a cost per kilometre/person basis than public transport . Here endeth the Second Chapter.

8:20 PM  

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