Clearer picture of Basin flyover impact

MICHAEL FORBES
Last updated 05:00 17/03/2014

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Fresh images showing how the Basin Reserve flyover would look from various points across Wellington have been revealed.

The before and after "Truescape" images shed some light on the view cricketers would have from the pitch at the historic Wellington cricket ground, once a new pavilion is built to block the $90 million flyover from view.

They also show how much impact the flyover would have on the Wellington landscape from as far away as the Mt Victoria summit.

The images have been presented to a board of inquiry that will decide whether the NZ Transport Agency's application for the two-lane highway flyover, 20 metres north of the Basin, should get resource consent.

Computer simulation specialist Rachael Roberts told the board last week the images provided a reliable depiction of the Wellington landscape post-construction.

Tom Bennion, lawyer for opposition group Save the Basin, pointed out that the images all appeared to show how the flyover would look during the middle of the day.

"It would make a big difference if we were showing rush hour and lots of vehicles on the bridge," he said.

Board member David Collins asked Ms Roberts, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, why there were only young and happy people in the images.

She assured him it was not an attempt to make the flyover look more attractive. "Everyone loves being happy in Wellington. We tried to get a range of people in there, but there's a limit to what's in our library."

The board of inquiry head, Judge Gordon Whiting, said including a few more "old codgers like us" might have made the flyover images even more realistic.

The inquiry will resume on Thursday.

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- The Dominion Post

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