The Friday 26 August deadline for submissions to NZTA regarding the Wellington inner-city transport projects is getting closer. We believe this is an important issue for everyone to give feedback on. Option X will tunnel State Highway One under Memorial Park, providing a space which will respect our war dead, and allow reflection and commemoration. This option will not cut up Memorial Park with three-lanes of traffic.
Option X has no flyover blocking the view along Kent and Cambridge Terraces. It will provide more inner-city park space for the city, additional facilities for parents dropping school children off at the current area of Rugby St and Dufferin St, and dedicated public transport lanes. New pedestrian and cycle routes, and the creation of Dufferin Park near Government House will mean that the Basin becomes a destination – not an island, and that a park will link Memorial Park, through the Basin to Government House and the townbelt. Option X does all these things and also separates the State Highway traffic from local traffic, meeting a key NZTA objective.
Information about Option X can be found at: www.architecture.org.nz/basin. Here is the Option X Electronic Submission Form. You can fill this in on your computer. You’ll need to save it and then email it to NZTA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information about the NZTA scheme can be found at: http://www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/wellington-inner-city/
Option X provides an alternative to the Basin proposal. Don’t forget that NZTA also need feedback on the proposed second Mt Victoria tunnel, the widening of Ruahine St into the townbelt, and a pedestrian/cycle way from Cobham Drive to the Basin. These are also important issues to give feedback on. Please put in a submission on these issues so NZTA knows what you think.
… and an image of the pedestrian/cyclist landscaped-bridge: