Backlash against second Wellington tunnel

23:47, Jun 05 2011
Mt Victoria tunnel
Workers do maintanence jobs inside Mt Victoria tunnel.

A group actively opposing the council's proposed Basin Reserve flyover and a new tunnel, a duplicate to the Mt Victoria Tunnel, says there is widespread opposition to the plan and more consultation is needed.

Four roading options - the duplicate tunnel, two Basin Reserve flyover options and street widening - will go out for the public to have its say next month.

Save the Basin Reserve trustee Elaine Hampton said the proposals were not worth the money and would have an extremely negative impact on the Basin Reserve.

"The Basin is an internationally recognised cricket ground and we have had contact from people in India and the Barmy Army saying what a terrible idea this is.

In the event of an internationally televised event, the flyover would show that New Zealand's clean green image is pure hogwash.

The council has to consult with the community before it goes ahead with these things . . . we are always hopeful it will listen.

Just because the money has been taken in tax doesn't mean it is any less the people's money."

Ms Hampton said building a duplicate tunnel while petrol was running out and private transport options for the future were uncertain went against logic.

If it goes ahead, the new southbound tunnel would start at Paterson St in Mt Victoria and emerge near the intersection of Ruahine and Taurima streets.

The Save the Basin organisation has more than 2500 members on Facebook.

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