Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Bruce, Kedgley: Wellington Needs Light Rail Not Bigger Buses

Media statement - Wellington Needs Light Rail Not Bigger Buses

Light rail is ideally suited to Wellington's narrow streets, while bigger buses are not, Regional Councillors Paul Bruce and Sue Kedgley said today.

The Public Transport Spine options hearing subcommittee’s (PTSS) recommendations were accepted today by the Regional Transport Committee. The recommendations included a Bus Rapid Transit system, and priority measures for buses as an integral component of the Basin Reserve and Mount Victoria Tunnel Duplication projects.

"We are not convinced that rapid bus transport will actually work in Wellington, or solve the current bus congestion problems," said Regional Councillor Paul Bruce.

"Light rail should be kept on the table until the unresolved questions have been answered and we can be sure about the right choice for Wellington's future PT network.

“Light rail or modern tram as it is sometimes known, offers faster boarding, enhanced passenger comfort, increased safety to pedestrians and passengers and lower operational costs. It also would attract new transit orientated development along a defined growth corridor,” according to Cr Bruce.

"This is a serious investment and it would be a short-sighted and possibly very costly decision to commit to bus rapid transit if it can't actually cater for the kind of city the councils say they want to achieve in the future."

"The last thing we need in Wellington are even bigger buses,' Regional Councillor Sue Kedgley said today. "Longer 'bendy' buses pose a risk to pedestrians and cyclists, as they are difficult for drivers to manoeuvre on our narrow streets.

"I am not convinced longer buses will work on stretches of the route such as Manners Street, or around tight corners such as the Old BNZ," Ms Kedgley said. "Councillors have not been shown how they could work on these stretches of the Golden Mile."

"Officers have not been able to point to any city in the world with narrow two lane streets, such as downtown Wellington, where Bus rapid transit has worked. Most BRT systems operate with four to six lanes of traffic, where buses can easily pass one another.

“While the jury is out on BRT, and many questions remain unanswered, the light rail option with its city shaping and higher amenity benefits, needs to remain on the table,” Councillors Bruce and Kedgley concluded.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news