Why is building a 10-metre-tall flyover overshadowing the north-western end of the Basin Reserve such a bad idea? Here are just some of the reasons:
- It will blight the streetscape and surrounding neighbourhoods
- It will overshadow the Basin Reserve and place its future as an iconic international cricket ground at risk
- It’s unnecessary. Road traffic volumes in New Zealand are declining and so is trucking
- Now that a tunnel is being built under Memorial Park, it makes no sense to emerge from a tunnel and go up onto a flyover
- There are good, well-researched alternatives to a flyover.
In truth, the main reason the Government and the NZTA are pressing ahead with the flyover is because they don’t want to admit they were wrong all along. In our view, that’s not a good enough reason to waste millions of dollars of public money.
If you don’t believe us, believe the Government-appointed Board of Inquiry!
In 2014, a Government-appointed Board of Inquiry into the proposed Basin Reserve flyover declined resource consent for the proposal.
The decision of the Board of Inquiry, which heard months of detailed evidence from both sides, was crystal clear. Here are a few direct quotes from the Board’s Final Report and Decision, August 2014:
“… the quantum of transportation benefits is substantially less than originally claimed by the Transport Agency.” 
“… we do not consider the Project can be credited with being a long term solution.” 
“… we have found that there would be significant adverse effects.” 
“… it is our view that it is impracticable to avoid this structure dominating this sensitive environment.” 
Why is NZTA reluctant to accept this decision? Why are they wasting more public money on appealing the Board’s decision to the High Court? Let’s get on with designing proper, fit-for-purpose solutions and drop the failed flyover.