Letter: Basin rethink shows council is anti-car

23:00, Feb 27 2013

Thanks for publishing Andy Foster's explanation of why Wellington City Council wants a ''rethink'' on the Basin Reserve flyover (Opinion, Feb 25). His drivel confirms my suspicion that the council has a disproportionate number of car haters determined to delay any easing of congestion in this area as long as possible.

The council, led by the bike- riding mayor and her unhealthy obsession with light rail, appears to have an ideological hatred of the moving vehicle.

This latest delaying tactic is purely political, providing yet another opportunity to indulge in ideological fantasies about tunnels, bike paths, and bus lanes.

The only part of Mr Foster's argument that makes sense is his concession that the area's an important part of the city, despite being part of a corridor ''obviously blighted by roading designations since the 1960s''. We've been waiting for a solution that can cope with traffic volumes on this route for around 50 years.

His analogy about being more concerned with the ''whole house, not just the corridor'' is about as logical as saying ''we don't need a front door because people can just climb through the window''.

SCOTT HIGHAM LEE

Island Bay

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