LGWM was thrown into doubt following the election of new mayor Foster, who has been critical of the proposal, in particular the decision to build public transport ahead of a second Mt Victoria tunnel – a traffic bottleneck between the airport and the CBD.
The Beehive is quietly confident that it still has the upper hand on any move to undo the current plan.
I can’t think of anything better than the Government refusing to budge on the Wellington transport plan. It will allow National to campaign at the election with a clear policy of fixing the Basin Reserve and expanding the Mt Vic tunnels and will be a great opportunity for National to gain party votes.
Labour and Greens will be stuck defending a plan that not only does nothing for roads, but at best is a pipe dream of maybe mass transit in 10 years time.
If National campaigned on a specific pledge such as work to begin within three years on the Mt Vic tunnel expansion, they’d be well positioned to pick up votes when the alternative is basically do nothing for ten years.