Thursday June 7, 2018
Views sought on how to better connect southern suburbs
Cnr Burgess & Johnsonville Rds, Johnsonville 2/12/15 12:40 PM Ph: 04 477 6855
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Cyclists cross Britomart St in Berhampore, one of the suburbs under consultation. PHOTO: Supplied
Wellington City Council is asking the public for their opinion on how they travel around the Southern Ward. A survey released on June 5 asked Berhampore, Newtown and Mt Cook residents to provide feedback on what areas of transport need to be improved in the area. Council portfolio leader for Walking, Cycling and Public Transport Sarah Free believes the feedback will help them
make plans to improve cycling and walking around the suburbs. “We are asking people what they are doing at the moment, what is frustrating, what are they liking, what would they like to do, where do they go, how do they get around and how do they like to get around,” she says. “We are starting at a very broad information gathering stage.”
Cycling Action Network project manager Patrick Morgan, a Newtown resident, thinks the council needs to focus on putting more money into bettering our streets. “The streets are one of the most important assets we have, and if we don’t keep investing in them, then they get run down. “The number of people we have seen commuting by bus has doubled, yet there has
been very little investment in our streets. It’s just really the council keeping up with public demand,” Patrick says. Sarah says that Newtown Connections will look at the streets holistically and what the council can do with the existing road space in the area. The survey is available online, and physical copies are available at Kia Ora Newtown until July 17.
Public health fears over diesel bus plan Wellington residents living on former trolley bus routes on the East-West corridor are facing a “200 percent increase” in carcinogenic diesel pollutants for the next decade, under Greater Wellington Regional Council’s new high-frequency bus network due to be phased in from July. That’s according to research
by ReVolt Wellington - a community organisation dedicated to bringing non-polluting electric buses back to the capital. Revolt also found residents along the routes will experience a 400 percent increase in noise from diesel buses compared to the trolley bus era. Hundreds of millions of
dollars are also expected to be shaved off property values on the routes, the group says in a statement. “A GWRC-commissioned report by PricewaterhouseCoopers forecast a seven percent drop as a result of the new diesel-powered network.” It also points out that 95 percent of the 238 new buses
bought by Tranzit to be used on their share of the new bus routes are diesel, with 10 electric double-decker buses being driven on trial. ReVolt Wellington will hold a meeting at the Seatoun Village Community Hall, on Wednesday, June 13 at 7:30pm. It urges all concerned citizens to attend.
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