Monday, December 18, 2023

David Farrar: LGWM euthanised

Stuff reports:

Let's Get Wellington Moving will be dissolved, with ministers and local government announcing today they had agreed to end the initiative.

LGWM was one of those that sounded good in principle, but failed to work in practice. It had three masters – WCC, GWRC and NZTA but no real authority.

It was also confirmed today that central government will build and fund the Basin Reserve upgrade and second Mt Victoria tunnel; while the city council will bring the Golden Mile project in-house.

These are both excellent decisions. Having the Basin and Mt Vic tunnel as a sole project of the central Government means it will actually happen, and will help unclog SH1. Leaving the Golden Mile project to WCC means they have to somehow justify to ratepayers spending over $150 million on a project bitterly opposed by the majority of the businesses it claims to be for.

David Farrar runs Curia Market Research, a specialist opinion polling and research agency, and the popular Kiwiblog where this article was sourced. He previously worked in the Parliament for eight years, serving two National Party Prime Ministers and three Opposition Leaders.

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