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Four modes of local residential transport

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

02 October, 2017

Dear Editor:

Transport is Wellington’s most important issue these days. The transport system needs to be re-invented to prepare for a sustainable future.  It should be no different for Island Bay. Read the rest of this entry »

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GWRC needs to consult Wellington on trolley buses and low carbon transport

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

18 July, 2017

Dear Editor:

John Lawes observation that the GWRC consultation options for bus stop relocation lacks detailed descriptions reinforces my notion that this consultation is intended mainly to be a distraction, leaving the most important decisions out of the consultation process. Read the rest of this entry »


response to Scoop article on Wellington transport (10 July)

The elephant in the room as we are all aware, I suppose, is that the Hutt and Kapiti suburbs primarily look on Wellington CBD as an impediment to getting to the airport. Read the rest of this entry »


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?


Response to Michael Barnett’s roading comments on Scoop

Thanks Michael for again calling out the ‘road and transport planners’ (engineers) for their desperate promotion of more roads in a time when it is clear to all that radical reductions of carbon emissions is a top priority.  Of course the engineers are counting on the continuing support for their plans from the Kapiti and Hutt suburbs who continue to see Wellington city primarily as an obstacle in getting to the airport.

Thanks particularly for the detail in suggested changes.  For me, it would be useful to see diagrams.   Do you have any?

Perhaps ‘wonderland’ is a bit beyond reasonable expectations, however, so have a think about that.

Thanks!


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 »


Cycleways must be an element in overall transport planning

The Editor,  The Wellingtonian,  Wellington

07 June, 2016

Dear Editor:

G Sanderson (letters, 26 May) is right to say that cycleways should be viewed as an element of overall transport solutions. The controversial part is the priorities given to each type of transport.  Any residential area (such as Island Bay), or shopping area must put the needs of pedestrians first, then personal transport such as cycles, then public transport such as buses, and finally last the personal motor car. Read the rest of this entry »