Posted by: senjmito | September 18, 2010

Wellington City Council candidates respond to our transport questionnaire

Wellington City Council

Onslow-Western Ward

Mike Fleming

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:

Answer:  A fair and practical proportion of transport funding.

Explanation:  Public transport, pedestrian walk and cycle ways are as important
as vehicle transport, and WCC needs to formally acknowledge that and provide
fair and practical immediate and long term funding to guarantee efficient
public transport and cycle and people walk ways.

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

a. Turning the Golden Mile into a public transport corridor Y
b. Turning the Golden Mile into a pedestrian corridor Y
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
N
e. A Basin Reserve flyover N
f. Doubling the Terrace Tunnel N  (not totally against, but unlikely to be
effective at this time)
g. Doubling the Mt Victoria Tunnel N  (not totally against, but unlikely to be
effective at this time)
h. The Kapiti Expressway N  (its present location will kill the unique
character of the Kapiti Coast)

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?

Answer:  Yes, provide the technology and management to link transport system
then slowly begin to amalgamate.

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

a.  Our roads are highly susceptible to slips, which are proven to cause
disastrous, and unacceptable holdup problems.  WCC and WRC need to set up a
rapid response management and machinery team to quickly clear slips off our
roads.
I.e.  the recent small slip on SH2 (that only took seven truck loads of slip
debris to clear) took over six hours to clear the road, and caused two and a
half hour traffic delays and complete road chaos through SH58, Plimmerton and
Cannon’s Creek/Witby roads.  That slip should have been cleaned up and gone in
half an hour.  Also the recent slip in Ngaio Gorge caused heavy traffic delays
and chaos through Wadestown, Thorndon, Wilton and Karori for two days.  That
slip should have taken less than two hours to remove.  I am a highly
experienced professional geotechnical and roading engineer and this is my
considered engineering opinion.

b.  WCC needs to remove all traffic lights between the Terrace and Mt Victoria
tunnels, by finishing the inner city bypass with the cut and cover overpasses,
as originally intended and planned for.  Then remove the traffic lights around
the basin reserve by widening SH1/Dufferin St towards and/or slightly
encroaching into the Basin reserve and reconfiguring and removing all traffic
lights around the basin reserve.  A loss of land/seating space in the Basin
reserve could be made up for by installing an additional  seating ‘stand’ or
stands instead of the grass banks.  Such stands would be single story and
provide sun/rain/wind shelter to a part of the basin reserve that is very
exposed to the weather.

c.  Widening the Mt Victoria bus tunnel and using it to its full potential.

d.    Constructing a pedestrian subway and people moving escalator between Post
Office Square and Queens Wharf or a pedestrian over bridge.

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

a.  Transmission Gulley and Light Rail will be a financial disaster and should
be scraped.

b.  We need to take advice and leadership from the NZ Transport Agency about
regional roads, they are the experts.   Adhoc roading decisions by ill informed
or easily lead politicians is not the answer.

Andy Foster

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?

PT is a small proportion of Council budget. (bus priority and shelters). Can I rephrase the question.

I’ve led most or proposed many of the PT improvements we’ve made including Courtenay Place, Manners St, Glenmore St and other arterial bus lanes. Supported Iona’s proposal to increase WCC investment in bus shelters, and most, if not all, of the improvements to the PT and active mode components of the Ngauranga to Airport Strategy are mine, including bringing forward the LRT feasibility work, and making clear that the PT spine should run right through the CBD, not just part way. Looking forward over the next three years actions I want to do include:

– extend PT priority right through CBD, and into several suburban arterials (Adelaide Rd priority)

– help implement hub and spoke system and provide associated interchanges

– support GW real time roll out (providing sites)

– support LRT feasibility work

– improve dialogue between GW and WCC and operators

– need to look also at fare structures although that can only be in an advocacy role

If all this needs more resource then I will support that. We have already got a substantial bus priority budget, budget for Adelaide Road, and now a good budget for shelters, so I suspect the increases required over the next three years wil be modest.


b. Walking (facilities and promotion)?

I led the City’s first Walking Policy (Nov 2008), and made a lot of improvements to it when I moved its introduction (ie going well beyond the officer’s recommendations and picking up a lot of good points from submitters) – I work closely with officers towards implementation which is being recalibrated from footpath extensions to a more strategic approach focussed on safer more convenient walking to the CBD, and to school. A major challenge is getting NZTA funding support. I think funding is probably adequate. It will be important though in other initiatives (speed reductions, safer roads, urban development projects) to make sure they are active mode friendly.

c. Cycling (facilities and promotion)?

I led the City’s first Cycling Policy (Nov 2008) and again made a lot of improvements to it when I moved its introduction (ie going well beyond the officer’s recommendations) – all the above comments again hold true. In addition I moved the budget in 2009 from $70,000 to $220,000 for the basic work on cycling, and then succeeded (9 – 6 vote) in getting a new fund for the Strategic Cycle Network of $500,000 per annum. (ie I’ve already got the funding lifted 10 fold) The first project in that network, the Porirua – Tawa stream walkway and cycleway has just (got the news today) got NZTA Board endorsement, and we are now going to consult on details and get the project underway in February-March. We’ve just approved completing the cycleway round Baleana Bay (helpful for GHW), Celia and I got cycle access from the Met Office to the top of the Cable Car. I’ve just got a cycleway uphill up Birdwood St (good for safety for us Karori cyclists)

I suppose in short, pretty well everything that WCC has done for cycling and walking and PT in the last 15 years I’ve played the lead role in or been the leader. I think, despite Government policy we are on a roll and about to deliver a lot more.


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 – it will remain the key PT corridor
b. Turning the Golden Mile into a pedestrian corridor Y/N – it will remain the key walking corridor
c. Turning the Golden Mile into a dedicated public transport/pedestrian space Y/N – definitely increased priority for bus/LRT and active modes. Will need to keep service and emergency vehicles, though i soem parts service vehicles will be time limited. Some parts of the GM may have some local traffic, others we can probably exclude. Likely that at some times (night) private vehicle use will be appropriate to allow active surveillance. The key answer probably is that I support increasing the priority given to PT and pedestrians rather than private cars. When Manners is done the next will be Courtenay and Kent-Cambridge-Taranaki.

d. Extending the rail system through the Wellington CBD, by developing modern trams as a priority for the short term Y/N – Probably. Not looking for wiggle room, just that anyone saying they’s support or reject before we have the feasibility study (which has to be done credibly) is either very knowledgable or being foolish. I personally think LRT will make sense on all fronts. It will work much much better if there is a hub and spoke PT model in place. All the information I’ve seen says it will be a good value investment as well as fitting with my personal view that we should be encouraging PT and walking and cycling.
e. A Basin Reserve flyover Y/N – haven’t seen a current design, or even the rationale for a proposal (capacity vs NS/EW separation) so again judgement likely to be premature – but likely answer is ‘no’. There are urban design challenges as well as needing to understand the transport rationale and the costs and BC.
f. Doubling the Terrace Tunnel Y/N – no.
g. Doubling the Mt Victoria Tunnel Y/N – no
h. The Kapiti Expressway Y/N – no

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. Wgtn City hub and spoke model including interchanges. Probable extension of rail system through CBD and to South and East. Better interface between fare systems/interchange. Review fare structure to make more affordable and more equitable. Really good interface between Councils, GW and operators, improve frequency to Wairarapa. etc.

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

  • PT spine through CBD and key arterials.
  • Pedestrian and Cycle safety and convenience – Great Harbour Way, Porirua Stream walk/cycleway, Middleton Road, and other safety improvements all over city, safe routes to schools, safer roads and speed limits
  • Understanding what Government is proposing for roading through CBD and to Eastern Suburbs and working to get the best possible outcomes (I don’t agree with the RONS philosophy which I see as too reliant on private car, creating peak capacity, often economically inefficient, and squeezing other areas of transport investment such as PT, active modes and road safety engineering. That is not to say that some roading investment will make a lot of sense and give good BCs. Regardless of all this we do need to work with what the Government proposes to get the best possible outcomes. There could be a very large range of options on several parts of the network)
  • Advocacy to improve PT services generally
  • Advocacy on regional transport – to make it as sustainable as possible
  • Getting our urban form right – densification around key centres especially CBD – this will be the main driver of active modes and higher PT use.

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

Think I’ve just covered most of them in 4, so I’ll answer for beyond Wellington City. I’m also taking as read what is currently proposed and funded in the PT area – ie electrification extension, and all the upgrade work on the rail network.

  • Safer roading network on SH 1, 2 and 58 – particularly target the poorest sections of roads (identified in KiwiRap) for median and sometimes edge barriers – essentially that will be all the sections from Paraparaumu to Levin (I know that extends a little beyond the region), SH 58 is poor for its entire length, and the Upper Hutt River Road in particular.
  • Safety across the rest of the network including the Wairarapa
  • Getting the urban form of the region right – most sustainable form and key issue where employment locates
  • Safe Cycle routes down from Otaki (and north) to Wellington – connecting the good bits.
  • Safe Cycle areas in the Wairarapa
  • Better connected Wairarapa train and bus services
  • I accept the decision has been made on how to address SH 1 capacity south of Raumati but don’t agree with it. It still leaves work desirable at Pukerua Bay.
  • I also think that nationally we should be looking at peak pricing for certain journeys.
  • Working out how to prioritise freight and other essential traffic.

Wellington City Council

Southern Ward

Gregory McPhee

1.I have contacted both the regional and local finance officers and it is hard to find a definitive answer on exact funding for question 1 a,b and c. So, without the information I cannot make an informed comment as to actual proportion of funding.

2.With this question, similarly, until I have the cost and effects of each proposal I am unable to make an informed decision.

3. I do support the creation of an integrated public transport across the region.
We need to invest in an environmentally efficient service that meets the needs of the public both now and into the future.
Study of countries that have successfully addressed these issues should be done to avoid costly mistakes.

4.Top transport priorities of the council should be the proper maintenance of roads, footpaths and cycleways including safety barriers, fencing and lighting.

5.I think that further investigation needs to be done into clean efficient public transport throughout the city to help sort out congestion.
– To Identify dangerous traffic spots , for example Hataitai park exit and the Cobham drive stadium roundabout and find safe traffic solutions.

Thomas Morgan

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? 80% (This includes all relevant infrastructure and services)
b. Walking (facilities and promotion)? 10%
c. Cycling (facilities and promotion)? 10%

In a legal sense public transport also includes walking and cycling as these also transport the public of course what is meant here somewhat different although all forms do need adequate road and footpath facilities.  In Wellington cycling is far too dangerous in the central city and for most commuters that is the primary destination.  Walking is fine provided the weather is acceptable and it would seem that the current footpath network is suitable for this.  Having said that the investment in footpaths is grossly underfunded and many are in very poor condition which should be a major focus of the new council and in-line with the approach of the Minister for Local Government, Hon. Rodney Hide M.P.
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 Y

c. Turning the Golden Mile into a dedicated public transport/pedestrian space N
d. Extending the rail system through the Wellington CBD, by developing modern trams as a priority for the short term N

e. A Basin Reserve flyover N- a tunnel as far as possible towards the airport would be better.
f. Doubling the Terrace Tunnel Y

g. Doubling the Mt Victoria Tunnel Y

h. The Kapiti Expressway Y

NB. It is not the job of the elected representatives to make decisions such as this.  The policy objective would actually be something similar to ‘Design and construct an effective transport system that best meets the needs of the community in a cost-effective and environmentally considerate manner’

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, again that is all that is required at the policy level of governance. Nevertheless coordinated time-tables and whole journey ticketing/pricing would assist in this.

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

Car movements along State Highway 2, predicted vehicle congestion generally in the C.B.D., Adequate directional assistance for visitors i.e. better route signage etc.

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

Roll on roll off vehicle commuting transport to the Wairarapa and Kapiti Coast.

Small vehicle, order to ride, public transport system- would double the use of public transport over-night.

Compensation for erroneous parking tickets- to the value of the original ticket.

Rex Nairn

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)?

To me it is not just a matter of what proportion you spend on these iniatives but that you get value for money. All these initiatives work hand in glove and the only measure you have as to whether the money you’re spending is working is whether you are reducing traffic congestion.
I would also add promoting car pooling to your to your list and would support the Council expanding on the excellent work it is doing in this area.
Like all cities, Wellington has expanded hugely since its roads were mapped out. Public transport and the way we guide our heavy traffic through town are areas that have been adjusted and added to piecemeal over the city’s history.
It is time to put a clean map on the table and ask ourselves what would be the best public transport/heavy traffic routes to and through Wellington. Then we need to see how close we are to that best model and what it would take to get us closer to it.


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

Yes but trades vehicles will also need to be able to access the area and I would include taxis as public transport.

b. Turning the Golden Mile into a pedestrian corridor Y/N

No

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

Possibly

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

No. Not right now as I cannot see how we can currently afford such a proposal. Personally I would love to see trams in Wellington again but circumstances would have to change for me to support them.

e. A Basin Reserve flyover Y/N

No. I don’t believe more/bigger roads/tunnels is the best option until we have done everything possible to reduce traffic.

f. Doubling the Terrace Tunnel Y/N

No

g. Doubling the Mt Victoria Tunnel Y/N

No

h. The Kapiti Expressway Y/N

No
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.
I think it is worth thinking about how we would structure our transport system if we started from scratch. I think we need to encourage park and ride public transport and encourage transport providers to allow fares to remain valid for multiple transport options.


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

Finding more efficient ways to get students and staff to and from schools. The dramatic reduction in traffic during school holidays tells me a focus on this issue could reap huge rewards in the short term.
5. What are your own top transport priorities for the region?

My top priority is the same as the above. I will actively engage with schools and will look to gain sponsorship towards prizes for the best ideas students can come up with on how to better manage getting staff and students to and from school. Some ideas may be specific to a school but many would be able to be promoted to schools throughout the region.

Seann Paurini

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 THINK THESE ARE ALL VIABLE, I ESPECIALLY LIKE WALKING & CYCLING IF THESE GROW DIVERSE COMMUNITIES FURTHER, ENCOURAGE MORE ALL-AGES GROUP-EXERCISE & SOCIAL ACTIVITY, ENCOURAGES FAMILY & FRIENDS AND NEW FRIENDS TO ENGAGE WITH EACH OTHER.

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
NO
b. Turning the Golden Mile into a pedestrian corridor NO
c. Turning the Golden Mile into a dedicated public transport/pedestrian space YES, HOWEVER, IM NOT A FAN OF THE GOLDEN MILE
d. Extending the rail system through the Wellington CBD, by developing modern trams as a priority for the short term Y/N – WOULD LOOK AT – NEED TO CONSIDER IMPLICATIONS
e. A Basin Reserve flyover NO
f. Doubling the Terrace Tunnel YES – Increase safety, put the hidden curve sign back on the northern end of the tunnel
g. Doubling the Mt Victoria Tunnel YES – Increase safety, roads are dangerous
h. The Kapiti Expressway Y/N – WILL NEED MORE INFORMATON – TO WORK THROUGH THIS WITH THE WRC

3. Do you support the creation of an integrated public transport system across the region? ABSOLUTELY

If so, what changes would you propose making to bring this about? LOW FARES, EFFICIENCY OF TIMETABLES – BUSES & TRAINS ON TIME, CREATE CLEAR INCENTIVES/PUBLICITY/EDUCTAION AIMED AT DRIVERS SO THAT THEY WILL SEE PUBLIC TRANSPORT AS A VIABLE AND SMART ALTERNATIVE TO CARS.

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

I BELIEVE IN LOW-COST PUBLIC TRANSPORT, 24/7 COUNCIL OWNED, LOW-COST MOBILITY VANS FOR DISABLED PEOPLE & SENIOR CITIZENS,

ITS NOT JUST ABOUT FORCING CARS OFF THE ROADS – OR COERCING PEOPLE TO NOT DRIVE – ITS ABOUT EDUCATING PEOPLE ON THE MERITS OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT.  GETTING TO A POINT WHEN PEOPLE DELIBERATELY CHOOSE PUBLIC TRANSPORT.  MAKING PUBLIC TRANSPORT A REAL, AFFORDABLE OPTION – BETTER PT IS NEEDED FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN’T AFFORD TRANSPORT – SUCH AS TAXIS, A CAR OR OTHER VEHICLE. PUBLIC TRANSPORT IS THE ONLY OPTION FOR MANY PEOPLE – AT THE MOMENT IT IS TOO EXPENSIVE.

THAT SAID, IF ELECTED – I REALLY NEED TO GET A STRONG PUBLIC VOICE BEHIND ME AS I THINK IT WILL BE A CHALLENGE – NOT IMPOSSIBLE, BUT IT WILL JUST TAKE SOME COURAGE & SOME HARD WORK.

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

a. a low-cost, air friendly, people-friendly, efficient public transport system, even if it means changing one form of transport at a time

b. A positive education campaign to begin with. One that acknowledges people’s “relationships” with their cars but finds a sincere way to convince people that its time to start looking after this beautiful earth and in turn our friends and loved ones a little bit better!

Additional notes provided subsequently:

I’ve lived here in the city for over 20 years – I have become increasingly brassed off with the growth in traffic, especially large imposing vehicles, the rudeness and aggression of motorists in the city, the general crammed in atmosphere that’s starting to occur.

I’ve just arrived back from having tea with a friend and the inner city roads are all of a sudden very blocked up with cones, workmen, barriers, tons of cars everywhere. Up Willis & Taranaki St;

I’m very sad about Manners Mall to be honest. I know it isn’t the greatest little mall anymore but I’ve lived 4-5mins walk from it [Dixon St] since 1994 [before that in Roseneath] I’m so used to it – it just looks wrong and very unfriendly to me now so I’m not sure about the new plans through to Courtney Place [I have a few concerns with CP itself – I find it difficult to walk down there, especially in the evenings, I do feel its lost some civility].

So in terms of anything else to say to the SWRT org I do have some little projects that I’m keen on: e.g. the mobility van/accessible car service idea is basically something I want to honour my many friends [clients] that I’ve worked with who have physical disabilities – quite a few people in Welly and suburbs cannot access public transport or easily access mobility taxis [of which there are only 6 in the region – so sometimes we have to book a day or so in advance] and therefore can’t access a decent life outside of their homes. I’ve been investigating car parking, towing, fees and fines and I don’t understand why its OK for TENIX and ADT to profit [$22m in 2009 as I understand it] – from car parking like this. Bryan Pepperell said that council received $9m in 2009. I understand the argument about parking being inefficient when run by local government but that could be changed so that it isn’t inefficient or unaccountable. I’m really concerned about the cost of PT. I hear the monthly bus passes are going up again this month? I wouldn’t mind knowing more about the feasibility of much lower-cost [if not free in certain instances] bus and train services [working with WRC etc].

If I got onto council, only having one vote [although I’d hope there would be other supportive councillors] I’d be very much into having some courageous local organisations getting on board on these and other sorts of issues – because I get the feeling that advancing certain progressive aims in that setting isn’t easy.

I understand much depends on budgets, Cr willpower, personal/political agendas etc as well so all I can really say is if I get on; I’ll do my best, welcome input, work with anyone or any org that is committed to improving quality of life for the community – including transport, accessibility, encourages collaboration, people getting together, focuses on quality & value for money before profit.

Wellington City Council

Lambton Ward

John Bishop
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.

As I read the LTCCP, the gross operational expenditure on walking, cycling and public transport over the next three years in $4.88m, $0.042m and $1.046m respectively, which equates to 3.2%, 0.27% and 0.75% of the total transport budget. The expenditure and share of capex is somewhat higher at $4.82m  (14.5%) for walking, $0.475m (1.4%) for cycling, and $3.91m on public transport (11.8%). As the WCC is not the principal funder of public transport the percentage share going to each activity is pretty meaningless. However I can say that I support greater investment in walking and cycling, for going to and from work and for recreation and leisure.
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 No
b. Turning the Golden Mile into a pedestrian corridor Y/N – No
c. Turning the Golden Mile into a dedicated public transport/pedestrian space Y/N No although this is better than either b or c. It is impractical just to ban private cars although restricting them to certain areas and providing more carparks at the edges of the city would help.
d. Extending the rail system through the Wellington CBD, by developing modern trams as a priority for the short term Y/N No – buses are better and do not require any further investment.
e. A Basin Reserve flyover Y/N – yes – when we sort out the integration with Buckle Street and the Mt Vic tunnel
f. Doubling the Terrace Tunnel Y/N – yes
g. Doubling the Mt Victoria Tunnel Y/N – perhaps. We certainly need to improve access to the airport and the eastern suburbs. A second tunnel is probably better than doubling the current one, but I am open.
h. The Kapiti Expressway Y/N yes

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, but public transport is only part of the picture. Citizens should be able to choose the mode of transport that best suits the purpose and nature of their journey. That might be to walk, cycle or bus to work, but to bus into town on a Saturday evening and take a taxi home. Likewise ferrying kids around after school or for weekend sport is often best done by car (and through car pooling). If public transport is reliable, affordable and takes people where they want to go (and when) it will be used. If it fails to meet one or more of the those criteria, citizens will be deterred from its use.
4. What do you consider should be the top transport priorities of the Council for which you are standing?

Improving movement in and around the city so that we take maximum advantage of our compactness and the planning we have put in place for various precincts and character areas.

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

Keeping buses and trains affordable and promoting their use by being flexible and responsive to community needs. I note that the GWRC is primarily responsible for transport.

Getting more carparks in the city would help people to access the city particularly on weekends and particularly if the carparks are on the fringes, so that people can make short walks to their destinations. That will keep car off the main streets.

Reining in overzealous parking wardens is a key election plank. They give the city a bad name and encourage the perception that the council is preying on its own citizens. No one wants to abandon enforcement, but the incentives to the wardens (and Parkwise) to issue as many tickets as possible promote poor behaviours. The incentives regime should be changed.

Adam Cunningham

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.

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

Yes – but not the entire “Golden Mile” . I would support Lambton Quay and Willis street.


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

Yes
e. A Basin Reserve flyover Y/N

No


f. Doubling the Terrace Tunnel Y/N

Yes


g. Doubling the Mt Victoria Tunnel Y/N

Yes
h. The Kapiti Expressway Y/N

Yes

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

  • Tram system through golden mile, from central to airport via South eastern suburbs
  • Electric buses only in central Wellington
  • Development of “bus friendly” roading in appropriate areas

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

  • Point one in Question 3
  • Developed and widened roads in through traffic corridors
  • Development of cycle walk tracks through all suburbs to central

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

As above

Marcus Ganley
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? – 80%
b. Walking (facilities and promotion)? 10%
c. Cycling (facilities and promotion)? 10%

Please explain these choices.
a)      Wellington needs to continue to invest significantly in public
transport.  This should continue to be the primary focus of transport
funding.
b)      However, those of us who live and work in Lambton should be able to
walk around our city safely and, as much as possible sheltered from
the elements. We need more covered walking zones on the major walking
routes. In the lead up to the Rugby World Cup next year we need a safe
and dry walking route from Courtney place to the stadium. Walking must
be seen as a major part of the transport portfolio. It is a real
disappointment that we do not have a safe walking route between the
city and the Ferry Terminal.  There is much to do in making our city
more walkable. We need to invest in making this happen and quickly.

c)      With more and more Wellingtonians cycling, both for transport and
for recreation, we need to do more to make cycling safer, for cyclists
and motorists, especially in the Lambton ward.
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 Not exclusively

b)      Turning the Golden Mile into a pedestrian corridor
Not exclusively

c)      Turning the Golden Mile into a dedicated public transport/pedestrian space YES –  with a focus on dry walking routes.

d)      Extending the rail system through the Wellington CBD, by developing modern trams as a priority for the short term. Support light rail in principle, concerned about the cost.  Promoting walking and cycling are higher short-term priorities for me.

e)      A Basin Reserve flyover Y/N – No.  The Basin is one of the great test cricket grounds in the world.  It is an iconic space and it is unbelivable that we are considering desecrating it

f)      Doubling the Terrace Tunnel Y/N – Very hard to answer in isolation. Need to be part of an overall plan for the corridor from Ngauranga to the Airport.  Doubling the tunnel without making other changes will just end up with more vehicles stuck in the inner city. Promoting walking and cycling are higher short-term priorities for me.

g)      Doubling the Mt Victoria Tunnel YES
– to enhance public transport, walking and cycling as well as private  we need to enhance the tunnel. However, my preference would be to investigate using the pilot tunnel as a dedicated walking and cycling route and then using the space saved in the current tunnel for vehicles. If this could be done effectively, it would be a better option than doubling the tunnel.

h).     The Kapiti Expressway Y/N – While we need to improve the transport route to the north I have real concerns about the way the proposal is being rammed through without proper consultation with the affected residents.  There needs to be a regional approach. Local Kapiti residents need to be listened to as well as those coming in and out of Wellignton
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.  We should follow the Perth model where all consumer or passenger facing elements of the transport system are integrated.
We need greater integration of the decision making and integrated ticketing.
4. What do you consider should be the top transport priorities of the Council for which you are standing?

A stronger focus on walking and cycling.

Affordable and efficient public transport system.
Integrated ticketing so that travellers can move easily across different transport options.

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

A stronger focus on walking and cycling.  We need dry safe walking routes in the inner city. We also need safe walking routes across the waterfront.

Affordable and efficient public transport system.

Integrated ticketing so that travellers can move easily across different transport options.

An integrated plan for the Ngauranga to Airport corridor that allows private cars, public transport and cyclist to move across the city. The plan should not close off the option of light rail in the future.

Mark Greening

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.

Without having received costings on a bike hire scheme (something I’d like to see put on the agenda) and the councils ability to influence the revised bus fares, as well as being able to rank projects already approved by council that could be suspended or deferred – this would seem hard to provide any meaningful answer to this question. However, what I think I can say is that the over-arching focus should be on improving public transport utilising all 3 mediums in the best possible mix, that reduces dependence on other transport mediums, for the dollars spent. For example, if lighting was provided through central park, how many more people would walk between Brooklyn and the city, rather than use other transport modes. Such a project would also improve public safety. So why hasn’t council already done it as part of the central parks recent revamp? I would like to see these type of initiatives explored and undertaken.

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 Yes/N.
d. Extending the rail system through the Wellington CBD, by developing modern trams as a priority for the short term Y/No – $140+ million is unaffordable in the short-term given the impending water supply crisis (we may need the $140 million for a dam) and the fact council have already incurred substantial debt – and now we have to accommodate the leaky homes bail-out. Water has to come before transport – and I’m not sure if the public want another rates increase. That said, there are other alternatives in the short-term that can be done to improve public transport – see below. Best we can do now is explore costings and implementation plan for rail extension – and put out to public for feedback with alternative options.
e. A Basin Reserve flyover Y/No. There are much better alternatives that also provide greener spaces and safer access to nearby schools. I’ve cited these on my blog. The recent use of the traffic warden camera cars would seem to suggest the council are also concerned over safety around schools? So a flyover should logically not get much support if any. However, voting history on transport issues would suggest otherwise.
f. Doubling the Terrace Tunnel Y/No – Not in the short term. Poor decision making by existing councilors in locating the new indoor stadium in Cobham Drive will put pressure on this tunnel to be expanded. An outcome every councilor who voted for it knew would happen. Make sure you publish the names of those councilors who voted for it. And make sure they do not get in again. They had their chance to show their support for reducing unsustainable transport systems – and failed. Unfortunately we have more pressing short term pressure on the public fund – our water supply. We cannot afford to fund a $176 million dollar tunnel expansion project until we have sorted out our water supply.
g. Doubling the Mt Victoria Tunnel Y/No – Not in the short term. See comments above.
h. The Kapiti Expressway Y/NA – Not a city or ward issue. But it does appear to divide that region in two. Is that desirable? What are the alternatives?

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, an integrated system would be desirable. How? For a start, getting all the different parties and stakeholders together to agree on such a vision. And then making it happen through an agreed plan. Definitely part of a long term vision plan that the public are aware of – which is something we do not appear to have at present.

4. What do you consider should be the top transport priorities of the Council for which you are standing? – Short term – ensuring all council actions reinforce the message to use public transport. At present, council are sending mixed messages. Why are we increasing fares for public transport, if we want to reduce congestion? Why didn’t our council do something to prevent this before it went public? Why did our council support the indoor sports facility at Cobham Drive – knowing full well it would put pressure on traffic congestion. A tunnel expansion could have been avoided. We also need to improve our bus system, improve flow management and shift it to sustainable energy. Our buses can be made a more appealing option over the next 3 years. If light rail can have a dedicated corridor, why can’t buses? What other improvements can we make to our bus services to make them more appealing. Finally council need to clearly communicate a long term vision for public transport and be responsive to public feedback. Unfortunately, the council have not been very good in listening to its communities. Clearly there is support for light rail – so we need to sound this out and put in place costings and if this would be rolled out in an affordable manner – as well as offer alternatives (improved bus electrification and design). It might be more transport hubs are the way of the future (eg an integrated mixed solution)? We need to be re-examining all those reports comissioned by the council some time ago that are gathering dust.

5. What are your own top transport priorities for the region? – (1) Better decisions that do not put pressure on our existing transport system. The existing council have put unnecessary pressure on the Mt Vic tunnel and the wider basin area by locating the new Indoor Sports Facility in Cobham Drive. The facility should have been located next to the stadium to maximise the existing public transport hub and to enable broader use by the local business community. Any councilor who voted for Cobham Drive should be held accountable and not receive your vote if good transport systems are important to you. (2) Improving our bus service through better flow management. Light rail proposals will require a dedicated corridor – why can’t we provide this for buses? There are a number of small improvements we could make to our bus system in the short-term. (3) How are council incentivising car pooling? Not much action here either. (4) I’d also like to see a bike-hire scheme (already in Paris and London) considered. This would require more consideration for providing space for cycle use in the city. (5) Better co-ordinated infrastructural maintenance that reduces traffic congestion. (6) We need to have a long-term plan, and be heading towards it. Something that has been seriously lacking. (7) All my thoughts on transport issues can be found by clicking “transport” on the tag cloud of my blog: http://greeningwellingtoncity.wordpress.com

Kris Price

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?

50%

b. Walking (facilities and promotion)?

2.5%

c. Cycling (facilities and promotion)?

2.5%

Please explain these choices.
We need to rebalance the investments to ensure our public transport system can do the heavy lifting that it needs to in the coming years.

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

No.

b. Turning the Golden Mile into a pedestrian corridor Y/N

No.

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

Yes.

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

Yes.

e. A Basin Reserve flyover Y/N

No. I absolutely cannot support spending over $50 million on another ad-hoc roading improvement that does not fit into a proper long term plan for SH1. Especially one as blatently destructive as this.

f. Doubling the Terrace Tunnel Y/N

Yes. But preferably after Light Rail has been completed between Johnsonville and Miramar.

g. Doubling the Mt Victoria Tunnel Y/N

No. I cannot support this as currently planned. I could support it only as part of a proper long term plan for the entire route that has been designed to have minimal impact on the urban environment.

h. The Kapiti Expressway Y/N

No. Not at this time.

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?

Absolutely. I find it incredible that we still don’t have something so basic as this. I would like to see a simplified fare system across the region, with the same fares for bus and rail, and transfers allowed between all services and modes for up to 90 minutes.

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

First priority is to complete Light Rail from Johnsonville to Miramar. This will alleviate congestion, stimulate development along the Growth Spine, and prepare the city for the impacts of peak oil. It also buys us the time we need to do a much better job of SH1.

Second priority is to develop a much better long term plan for SH1 in the city. Our current mode of making ad-hoc improvements such as the bypass and flyover must be stopped. We are building ourselves into a position where the vision that most Wellingtonians want (SH1 buried in a tunnel across Te Aro) will become impossible.

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

Light Rail from Johnsonville through to Miramar.

Integrated ticketing. It’s a no brainer.

Investigation into deviating the section of the Hutt line between Petone and Waterloo through a new station at Lower Hutt. If found viable as part of a long term plan, then making a designation.

Double tracking and speed improvements of the north/south junction between Pukurua Bay and Paekakariki.

Wellington City Council

Northern Ward

Camilia Chin

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?
60%
b. Walking (facilities and promotion)? 10%
c. Cycling (facilities and promotion)? 30%

Please explain these choices.

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 – just purely public transport corridor will increase risk to pedestrians. Private vehicle access is at times important – for example, limited mobility people needing to go to the Golden Mile.
b. Turning the Golden Mile into a pedestrian corridor N – Not everybody has the time or mobility to walk the length of the Golden Mile when needing to move from one end to the other.
c. Turning the Golden Mile into a dedicated public transport/pedestrian space Y – I like that there would be an option to take public transport if in a hurry instead of a walk. However, will still need to ensure disabled access and disable parking at side roads close to the main road, are considered in these plans.

d. Extending the rail system through the Wellington CBD, by developing modern trams as a priority for the short term Y – like the idea, if the tram would be cheaper or faster than buses.
e. A Basin Reserve flyover Y – this is inevitable, as most cities in other countries have a highway to the airport.

f. Doubling the Terrace Tunnel Y – yes, as congestion during peak hours still a problem currently.
g. Doubling the Mt Victoria Tunnel Y – the city needs to prepare for population growth for the future. How we fund it is another question as we would need to spread the costs into the future.
h. The Kapiti Expressway Y – in some sections where congestion is common.

3. Do you support the creation of an integrated public transport system across the region? YES

If so, what changes would you propose making to bring this about?

Integrated Snapper cards recognized by all transport companies in the region. Have a common fare structure across the region, and good interchange connections between one mode of transport and another. Have feeder buses from suburbs to train stations. Convenience, Reliability and Affordability are the keys to increasing the use of public transport.

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

Making public transportation convenient, reliable and affordable to encourage more public transport use and less private car use. Making more handicapped parks available around the city, because handicapped people will still find public transport not suitable for them to use, and it can be quite difficult to get a handicap park in some parts of the city centre.

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

As in #4 above.

Justin Lester

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.

Between 100,000 – 110,000 people commute into Wellington city every day for work. Approximately 30-35% of these people use public transport, walks or cycles to work and the remainder drive motor vehicles. While the number of people using means other than cars is significantly higher in Wellington than all other New Zealand cities, I would like to see non-car commuters grow to 45% over the medium-term.

I won’t assign a proportion of funding to each category as the means for achieving this end may not readily equate to dollar figures, but through a mixture of facilities and promotion I believe this aim can be readily achieved.

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

No

b. Turning the Golden Mile into a pedestrian corridor Y/N

No

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

Yes

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

I see this as a medium- to long term measure. I would like to see whether it’s feasible for light rail to be incorporated from Wellington Railway Station to the Airport via Newtown versus operating and maintaining the existing bus network.

e. A Basin Reserve flyover Y/N

No

f. Doubling the Terrace Tunnel Y/N

Yes

g. Doubling the Mt Victoria Tunnel Y/N

Yes

h. The Kapiti Expressway Y/N

Yes

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, I propose the creation of a Wellington Regional Transport Authority to co-ordinate the region’s transport infrastructure. This would include planning and implementing the region’s long term transport strategy and providing a greater level of co-ordination between the public transport network (MetLink) and car traffic, pedestrians and cyclists for Wellington, Porirua, the Hutt Valley and Kapiti.

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

I believe Wellington City Council’s greatest strategic priority is to work with other local body organisations to define and co-ordinate the city’s and region’s long-term transport infrastructure needs.

The aims of Wellington City Council within the city itself must be to:

–          Facilitate the flow of existing car traffic and reduce congestion in problem areas, with a particular focus on the Ngauranga to the Airport transport corridor.

–          Utilise the compact nature of Wellington to encourage more cyclists and pedestrians by focusing on improving cycle- and walk ways

–          Encourage greater use of the public transport network (including trains, buses, the cable car and ferries)

–          Generally, seek to limit the number of cars on the road.

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

Fewer cars and more bikes, buses, trains and pedestrians.

Helene Ritchie

Also standing for Capital and Coast District Health Board

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)?

A big proportion but WCC does not fund public transport

Please explain these choices.

They are priorities. We must encourage safe cycling and walking and minimise the proliferation and pollution of the car and diesel bus.

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

b. Turning the Golden Mile into a pedestrian corridor N
c. Turning the Golden Mile into a dedicated public transport/pedestrian space N

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-train, park and ride before we consider this, along with a rating policy that enables lower income people and older people on fixed incomes to remain in the CBD rather than up the Coast.

i. Pedestrianisation of the area around the Town Hall-extending civic square  through to Manners Street and to include Bond St and Lower Cuba and extend an expansive grassed plaza over Jervois Quay to the Watrfront with car tunnel underneath ( one day.when we are very rich!)

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 and have an advocate from Wellington City Council who represents the Council’s views and is not the present mayor who also holds the transport portfolio and has aspirations to have a four lane motorway from Bulls to the Airport (why stop there??!!)

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

As above

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

As above. Enhance the train system, bus and walking cycling, where possible, and calmed safer and village communities. Encourage “communal” travel as a way of life and community and transport.

Wellington City Council

Eastern Ward

Leonie Gill

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? 90%

b. Walking (facilities and promotion)?
c. Cycling (facilities and promotion)?

B&C 10%

Please explain these choices.

Wellington City and the Regional Council has been progressively putting significant investments into the provision of quality public transport. Maintaining an efficient, safe and affordable public transport system should be the primary focus. The City Council recognises cyclists and accordingly has created cycle lanes in areas of high usage. One would hope the lowering of speed limits in suburban centres will also assist cyclists and pedestrians. This should continue. Education programmes for all transport users would be helpful.

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 No

b. Turning the Golden Mile into a pedestrian corridor No

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

Yes as long as taxis are permitted. Taxis are part of the public transport system and with an aging populace may be vital. The speed limit defers motorists now.

d. Extending the rail system through the Wellington CBD, by developing modern trams as a priority for the short term No This is a medium -long term matter

e. A Basin Reserve flyover No but a solution has to occur to meet the Mt Victoria Tunnel requirements.
f. Doubling the Terrace Tunnel Unsure

g. Doubling the Mt Victoria Tunnel Yes. This is essential for eastern suburb commuters and the investment that is occuring in the eastern suburbs.

h. The Kapiti Expressway. Unsure. We need to address the continuing congestion of traffic including freight coming to the city and airport however.

3. Do you support the creation of of a integrated public transport system across the region. If so, what changes would you propose making this happen.

Yes.  An integrated Wellington Transport plan which brings together all aspects of transport funding and investment.

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

Linking any District Plan changes to transport spines

Transport hub at Kilbirnie and easing the congestion into the Eastern suburbs

Advocating for an affordable transport regime

An efficient and safe transport system

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

As Above including a feasibility study into the cost of light rail

Mike Mellor

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?
40%
b. Walking (facilities and promotion)? 20
c. Cycling (facilities and promotion)? 5

Please explain these choices.

PT is the lifeblood of a successful city; walking is universal and economically and environmentally efficient; cycling starts from a very low base (barely on the LTCCP expeniture radar) and needs boosting for its environmental and economic benefits. This still leaves a substantial amount to be spent on roads, for safety measures and because they are used by PT and active modes.

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
b. Turning the Golden Mile into a pedestrian corridor
c. Turning the Golden Mile into a dedicated public transport/pedestrian space
Yes
d. Extending the rail system through the Wellington CBD, by developing modern trams as a priority for the short term Yes
e. A Basin Reserve flyover No
f. Doubling the Terrace Tunnel No
g. Doubling the Mt Victoria Tunnel No
h. The Kapiti Expressway No

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 – uniform Metlink branding (any operator branding should be subsidiary); fully integrated fares; fully integrated timetables

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

Full PT priority along the Golden Mile;

improving/eliminating the Wellington Railway Station inter-modal interchange;

bus priority to the eastern suburbs;

inegrating the Cable Car with other PT;

trolleybus wiring through the Miramar Cutting to speed up journeys to/from Miramar;

improved wharves for ferry services.

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

Integrated PT fares & services;

PT priority along the Golden Mile;

rail penetration into the region’s CBDs;

modern trams between the airport and destinations on the region’s railway network;

and in the wider region:

eliminating North-South Junction bottleneck;

enabling passenger trains to pass on the Wairarapa Corridor north of Upper Hutt.

Tony Travers

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? 70%
b. Walking (facilities and promotion)? 15%
c. Cycling (facilities and promotion)? 15%

Please explain these choices.

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 No See option C
b. Turning the Golden Mile into a pedestrian corridor Y/N No See option C
c. Turning the Golden Mile into a dedicated public transport/pedestrian space Y/N Yes I believe that public transport and pedestrians can use this space together provided the public transport was a tram system which is easy and affordable to use this also would create another tourist attraction the thought of using large buses I don’t support as pedestrians don’t mix well.

d. Extending the rail system through the Wellington CBD, by developing modern trams as a priority for the short term Y/N Depends on how far you are taking this rail system, if to the airport I’m not so sure this would solve transport issues, some of the public have liken this to the systems overseas we don’t have the same population to support this so there are better options, However if the proposal was within the city yes I would give it my full support as I believe we would create another tourism attraction much like Melbourne.

e. A Basin Reserve flyover Y/N I do support a change to the current roading as the basin roundabout is a huge problem for the flow of traffic but I’m unsure about a flyover is the answer there not very visually appealing a tunnel under the basin would be a better option.
f. Doubling the Terrace Tunnel Y/N No The same approach could be taken as the Auckland harbour bridge and by using a moveable barrier in peek periods creating two lanes into and from the city when required.
g. Doubling the Mt Victoria Tunnel Y/N No not in the short term there are better and less expensive ways to use the current tunnel by adopting a similar approach to the Auckland harbour bridge again and having the tunnel and Ruahine street both one way on route to the city for set times in the morning and the reverse in the afternoon and then using the current bus tunnel for traffic needing the opposite direction.
h. The Kapiti Expressway Y/N If the expressway is instead of transmission gully then No the latest earthquake in Christchurch should serve as a timely reminder that we need access to and from our capital.

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?

To answer this in responsible manner I would have to get better informed to see if there were any long standing benefits to the Wellington region.

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

The flow of traffic in and out of the eastern suburbs is of real concern to not only to the residents and road users but also to our airport that supplies a great percentage of our domestic and international tourism, So creating a better system is a top priority and in my view we don’t have to completely rebuild the current system just rethink and redesign. At the end we will create a better use of current infrastructure a lower cost overall to the rate payer.

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

As above my top transport priorities are the better use of or current roading infrastructure both around the Mount Victoria tunnel and the Terrace tunnel and the better and safe usage of our golden mile.

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