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light rail approved by south but not north?

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

23 April, 2018

Dear Editor:

I was pleased to see all of the people interviewed last week approve of the light rail option for Wellington; extraordinary consistency. Any clues why?

Was it because they were all female? Was it because they were all young(ish)?  Was it because they were all from the eastern suburbs?

It is useful to note the Wellington Regional Council has majority representation from the northern (near and far) reaches of the region and usually make major decisions for Wellington city transport which go against majority Wellington central and southern constituent choices. For a long while there has been a slow burn up there against Wellington because it lies between them and the airport.  Flyovers and tunnels for cars has become their preferred punishment for us.

Sincerely,

Richard Keller

published 26/04/2018

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Submission to Let’s Get Wellington Moving

These paragraphs were used in creating my submission (on their form) to the Let’s Get Wellington Moving project.

Scenario A is the place to start and finish. Getting people onto public transport is the top priority.  Providing better public transport must happen.  Light Rail would be the centre of those improvements.   This should be referred to as “Scenario A+”. Read the rest of this entry »


response to Lindsay Shelton on Scoop

Labour claims to be planet friendly, but what will be their policies and projects which get funded?  Good to remind them of that responsibility.

I notice a few comments on transfers.  Transfers would ideally be kept to a minimum and could be accomplished if routes were retained, looking at light rail as being an addition to the system and less as a replacement.


response to Scoop / Congestion Free Wellington article

Still, most of the discussion here is about moving traffic faster.  This is the wrong priority and if that priority persists then the majority Hutt / Kapiti influence on Regional Council will pounce on more and more lanes and expressways and again Wellington City needs for mass transit (trolleys now and light rail later) will surely be out onto the back burner again.  Be warned; this is the ‘post truth era’, the former rationales are not the dominant form of thinking and pushing any more.


Response to Ian Apperley on Scoop

Hi Chris:
Glad to see you keep the subject of light rail in the public discussion.  But Ian didn’t say anything about light rail only about flying cars.  Do you think Ian was primarily trying to open a useful discussion about transport (the most important issue facing Wellington), or did Ian have some other priority?


Wellington needs more bus routes, not tinkering and dropping routes

The Editor,  The Wellingtonian,  Wellington

9 September, 2016

Dear Editor:

Former Regional Counsellor Daran Ponter along with current counsellor Paul Bruce took it upon themselves, maybe three years ago, to inform city residents of the proposed changes to bus routes, mostly as a warning it seemed. (“Backlash. . .”, 1 Sept.) Read the rest of this entry »


WCC vs Govt on Town Belt legislation

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

02 September, 2015

Dear Editor:

Thanks should go to the DomPost for the editorial of 21 August on the disagreement between Wellington City Council and the government over town belt legislation, designed by the WCC to save bits of the town belt being chopped off for government sponsored roading, which usefully identified the challenges of the top two actors, the mayor and the government. Read the rest of this entry »