Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter has admitted she would only back Wellington’s $6.4 billion transport programme if a mass public transport system was built before an extra Mt Victoria tunnel.
Genter released details of a letter she sent to Transport Minister Phil Twyford on March 26, in which she outlined her conditions for supporting the 20-year Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM) programme.
So this confirms what we suspected – the Greens effectively killed off an extra Mt Vic tunnel.
The package had been developed in consultation with what Wellingtonians wanted. It was put together by NZTA, WCC and WRC. They all agreed an extra Mt Vic tunnel was a priority.
But then the Greens vetoed it and we ended up with a shadow of a package which will lead to congestion around the Basin Reserve getting worse and worse for at least a decade.
Wellingtonians now know what they need to do, to prevent worsening congestion – vote for a Government without the Greens in it.