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    What about the Basin?

    The Basin Reserve is a unique feature of Wellington and presents a transport challenge. With the current road layout, the Basin creates a bottleneck because of conflicts between transport flows. There are issues with travel to and from the airport, the eastern and southern suburbs, and the hospital. A proposal to build a bridge alongside the Basin Reserve was rejected by a Board of Inquiry in 2014. There are a range of other options that could be used to address the challenges at the Basin, and our scenarios include different approaches. In Scenario A, the existing road layout at the Basin would be improved without any bridges or tunnels being built. In scenarios B, C, and D, changes would involve bridges and/or tunnels to separate conflicting transport movements, enabling much better public transport, and future mass transit. The maps show some high-level ideas for how this might be achieved. Further investigations, design and consultation would be required before detailed options at the Basin are developed.

    What about Mass Transit?

    Any plan that is considered for Wellington needs to include options for how mass transit could be developed in the future. Mass transit is a high capacity, high quality form of public transport, usually separated from other traffic. It could be either light rail transit (LRT), new generation electric buses, or another form of mass transit. We have investigated what the future demand for mass transit could be, when it would be needed and the best route for it to travel. Our work has confirmed that the best route is from the railway station to Newtown and Kilbirnie/airport via the Golden Mile and the Basin Reserve. Current growth rates for the city suggest the point at which demand would justify mass transit is about ten years away. In the short term, we need to improve the quality and reliability of buses on the preferred route. This means separating buses from other traffic and giving them priority.

    Changing Travel Behaviour

    In our growing city we need to manage how people use the transport network, not just build more space for vehicles. We can do this by changing travel behaviour using tools such as travel planning, flexible work hours and ridesharing. Another option is to introduce some form of road pricing such as congestion charging. A range of possible options could be used in Wellington, although most would require a change in the law. A levy on parking in the central city could also be considered. We have not specifically included any road pricing in our scenarios, but we will be looking at the role that pricing might play in the longer term.

    What about technology changes?

    Exciting developments in transport technology are on the horizon. Innovations like electric vehicles, connected and autonomous vehicles and changes to how we access and use data and information systems could have a major impact on our demand for transport, and the types of services and infrastructure that we need in the future.  

    We need to make sure that anything we plan is flexible enough to cope with these changes, and we have identified a range of possible actions to prepare for the changes ahead.