Letter: Why Option X is most appealing

Last updated 12:00 21/11/2012

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OPINION: Your heading, A faster way to the east (Nov 20), is wrong. Wellington's Basin Reserve bridge in the accompanying NZ Transport Agency illustration is one-way only, westbound. Eastbound State Highway 1 will still, as now, run along Vivian St, crossing Cuba St and the bus routes at ordinary intersections and then down Kent Tce to the tunnel. The Basin bridge will be just another bit of road, which is, after all, NZTA's purpose. That's one of the reasons the Architectural Centre's Option X remains appealing: it draws together visual appearance, traffic flow, green spaces and urban form in the area with a ''joined-up'' approach. The Civic Trust hopes people will visit the NZTA display this weekend to check out the bridge's scale, what the new free grandstand will look like from the north, how traffic and pedestrian flows to the Basin will work, how much faster will the outcomes mean, and how this all fits with a vision of 2040: Smart Capital.

ALAN SMITH

Chairman, Wellington Civic Trust

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