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Wellington transport misfires were to promote the ‘super city’ under Wilde

30 June, 2015

The Editor, The Wellingtonian

Dear Editor;

The editorial writer of the 18th (Fran Wilde’s Contribution) must be a great fan of the so-called Airport Master Plan, or is nostalgic for the days when Fran Wilde was leading liberal social change in Wellington to say, “there is nothing to support the notion. . .” that “Wilde wanted a super-city so she could be its leader.”   He should be looking at what has been happening in recent years.

The proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve plus the car traffic tunnels, which Ms Wilde has supported, caters for the suburban attitude that Wellington streets are primarily useful for getting to the airport.   The trolley buses are a Wellington city treasure.  The argument Ms Wilde put forward for replacing them, that Wellington needs electric buses, is openly illogical given the trolleys are all electric.   Clearly that proposal would be seen in the suburbs, not to mention the National Government, as anti-Wellington City.

These have been attempts to gain support for her in the suburbs, to add to her existing reputation in Wellington City, and should be seen as primarily for putting herself forward as super-city mayor.  Now that she is gone, the most important question is: will the new leadership support sustainable transport options for Wellington City?

Sincerely,

Richard Keller

published 9 June

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