21 Apr 2011

Wellington council votes to support roading improvements

2:04 pm on 21 April 2011

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) is rejecting claims it bullied Wellington City Council into holding a special meeting to support roading improvements.

The council supported the agency's $500 million investment in the city's transport system by 10 votes to five at a meeting on Wednesday.

Among those to vote in favour of the roading improvements was pro-public transport mayor Celia Wade-Brown.

Some councilors, including Stephanie Cook, felt that personnel changes to the council after last year's election promoted the agency to force the extraordinary meeting.

The Agency's Regional Director, Jenny Chetwynd, says the claim of bullying is not true, and is not the way NZTA works.

Ms Chetwynd says the agency had simply written to the council asking it to confirm its support for the Ngauranga to airport plan, something the previous council had backed.

She said the situation is a lot more mundane than has been portrayed.

The roading plan includes duplicating the Terrace and Mount Victoria tunnels, and a flyover near the Basin Reserve cricket ground.

Ms Wade-Brown has written to the agency, confirming council support.