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.


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 Scoop article on new Wellington bus contracts

Another element of this picture is the national (global) neo-liberal takeover of politics.  The philosophy of this was (is) that the money will be spent (given) on projects which filter profits up to the elite.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Wellingtonian’s trolley bus editorial seems confused.

The Editor,  The Wellingtonian,  Wellington

15 October, 2015

Dear Editor:

The Wellingtonian’s editorial of 8/10 on trolley buses with its reference to Wellington being the last to use trolleys in “Oceania . . . and where vehicles drive on the left” seems confused. What does that have to do with anything? By the end of the editorial though it is clear that it was part of an effort to describe trolleys as “nostalgia”. Read the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Submission on Wellington Regional Draft transport Plan

Submission to the Regional Transport Committee on the Draft Regional Transport Plan (RLTP) 2015

 18 February,  2015

Richard Keller

General Observations on the Draft Plan

 The Draft Plan often references sustainability and offers elements which look in that direction.

(Vision – ‘To deliver a safe, effective and efficient land transport network that supports the region’s economic prosperity in a way that is environmentally and socially sustainable’ ).

But ‘follow the money’.  Read the rest of this entry »