Posted by: senjmito | September 17, 2010

Kapiti District Council candidates respond to our transport questionnaire

We sent Wellington-region local body election candidates this questionnaire about their views on transport issues in the region. Here are the answers we received from Kapiti District Council candidates.

Diane Ammundsen

1. What proportion of the transport funding in the Long Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP) of the Council you are standing for would you want to see devoted to:

a. Public transport?
b. Walking (facilities and promotion)?
c. Cycling (facilities and promotion)?
Please explain these choices.

I would like to see a larger proportion of transport funding given to promoting walkways, cycleways and bridleways as these are important, however we do have to spend on our roading budget and it is always a balancing act with what we can afford.

2. Do you support the following transport projects, where applicable:
Note: Options a-c are mutually exclusive. Each assumes that essential service vehicles would have limited access.
a. Turning the Golden Mile into a public transport corridor Y/N
b. Turning the Golden Mile into a pedestrian corridor Y/N
c. Turning the Golden Mile into a dedicated public transport/pedestrian space Y/N
d. Extending the rail system through the Wellington CBD, by developing modern trams as a priority for the short term Y/N
e. A Basin Reserve flyover Y/N
f. Doubling the Terrace Tunnel Y/N
g. Doubling the Mt Victoria Tunnel Y/N

h. The Kapiti Expressway Y/N

I would have preferred the building of the western link road which would have served our local community. I do not believe that the expressway will have any value for local people, only those passing through the district.

3. Do you support the creation of an integrated public transport system across the region? If so, what changes would you propose making to bring this about?

I do support the creation of an integrated public transport system, which will be even more necessary in the future.  We must lobby government to understand this, though I doubt if this current government will, given their policies.

4. What do you consider should be the top transport priorities of the Council for which you are standing?

I believe the KCDC must work very hard to try to get some benefits for local people from the expressway, more exits and entry points and a second bridge over the Waikanae River, plus the addition of cycleways and walkways.

5. What are your own top transport priorities for the region?

Once we get the new trains promised for this year, we must persuade people that  public transport makes sense and encourage people to use it rather than the attitude of always taking their cars.

Roger Booth

I would have to be actively involved as a councillor (or officer) to give such a specific answer regarding the spending of the Council budget.  However a good proportion of the transport spending impacting on Kapiti is from the Regional Council with regard to the train connection with Wellington.  I do believe that recreation is of concern, and took an active interest in the work the Kapiti council has done (and will continue to do) on Open Spaces.

What happens in Wellington City is not something I am responsible for.  But my involvement as Vice President of Kapiti Grey Power would suggest to me that restricting the Golden Mile to walkers would not take consideration of the limited mobility of many of the city elders.  There should also therefore be public transport, but no other traffic.

Mt Victoria tunnel is definitely a bottleneck that needs fixing, possibly the other one, but I do not travel through either on a regular basis during rush hours. The Kapiti Expressway was forced on Kapiti, and if the government intentions can not be thwarted, we must fight for interchanges, access to schools and screening of noise, fumes and visual eyesores that suit our interests. The Western Link two-lane Road was what Kapiti wanted, and the bridge connector within Kapiti must remain a long-term objective.

The Wellington region railway network is a current disaster, and must be fixed. Promising a better future does not deal adequately with where we are at.  Gold Card benefits for seniors have been great and must be retained.

Nick Fisher

1. What proportion of the transport funding in the Long Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP) of the Council you are standing for would you want to see devoted to:
a. Public transport?
b. Walking (facilities and promotion)?
c. Cycling (facilities and promotion)?

At least 10% of the roading budget should be tagged for development of the CWB network. The Council should use its position to lobby for better access to the PT network

Please explain these choices.

We need to acknowledge the benefits of active modes of transport and support them, rather than continuing to invest in last century’s ideas.

2. Do you support the following transport projects, where applicable:
Note: Options a-c are mutually exclusive. Each assumes that essential service vehicles would have limited access.
a. Turning the Golden Mile into a public transport corridor Y/N
b. Turning the Golden Mile into a pedestrian corridor Y/N
c. Turning the Golden Mile into a dedicated public transport/pedestrian space Y/N
d. Extending the rail system through the Wellington CBD, by developing modern trams as a priority for the short term Y/N
e. A Basin Reserve flyover Y/N
f. Doubling the Terrace Tunnel Y/N
g. Doubling the Mt Victoria Tunnel Y/N
h. The Kapiti Expressway Y/N

The Kapiti motorway is the biggest threat to our district we currently face. Our Council must stand firm with the community and oppose these plans.

3. Do you support the creation of an integrated public transport system across the region? If so, what changes would you propose making to bring this about?

Yes; whatever is needed.

4. What do you consider should be the top transport priorities of the Council for which you are standing?

Second bridge across the Waikanae River to connect our communities;

Extend regular rail passenger services to Palmerston North (this could happen now without extending the electrification)

Immediately give priority to our CWB strategy.

5. What are your own top transport priorities for the region?

The above in reverse order.

Doris Zuur

1. What proportion of the transport funding in the Long Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP) of the Council you are standing for would you want to see devoted to:
a. Public transport?
b. Walking (facilities and promotion)?
c. Cycling (facilities and promotion)?

Please explain these choices.

They are all very important and would use various levels of financial resources. I would promote an ‘as well as’ approach but put the priority on public transport as part of a sustainable solution for the current traffic congestion at peak times (in connection with a two lane local Western Link Road (especially stage 1).

2. Do you support the following transport projects, where applicable:

Note: Options a-c are mutually exclusive. Each assumes that essential service vehicles would have limited access.

a. Turning the Golden Mile into a public transport corridor N

b. Turning the Golden Mile into a pedestrian corridor N

c. Turning the Golden Mile into a dedicated public transport/pedestrian space Y

d. Extending the rail system through the Wellington CBD, by developing modern trams as a priority for the short term Y

e. A Basin Reserve flyover N

f. Doubling the Terrace Tunnel N

g. Doubling the Mt Victoria Tunnel N

h. The Kapiti Expressway N

3. Do you support the creation of an integrated public transport system across the region? If so, what changes would you propose making to bring this about?

Yes, prioritise the budget accordingly

4. What do you consider should be the top transport priorities of the Council for which you are standing?

Enhancement of public transport, in conjunction with the local two lane Western Link Road. That should solve most of the traffic problem. Reassess the problem and then some upgrading of existing highway 1, as needed and appropriate once the first two priorities are completed.

5. What are your own top transport priorities for the region?

Public transport. That is what I am used to from my upbringing in Switzerland (home town Zurich). I used to live in the outskirts of Zurich and would not even know how to drive in with the car. No one takes the car into the city as the train are so reliable and frequent and comfortable.

More roads create more traffic and this is no longer appropriate 21st century thinking. Public transport is the only sensible long-term answer for commuting

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