4 Sep 2015

NZTA won't appeal over flyover consent failure

8:53 pm on 4 September 2015

New Zealand Transport Agency has decided not to appeal against the High Court decision against its bid to build a flyover across the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

An artist's impression of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover.

An artist's impression of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover. Photo: NZTA

It has decided not to appeal against the High Court ruling last month, backing an independent board of inquiry's decision to deny resource consent.

The agency's acting chief executive, Jenny Chetwynd, said it was time to go back to the drawing board and find new solutions for dealing with the capital's transport woes.

"We want to open that conversation with Wellington City and greater Wellington about what the future looks like and what improvements are needed," Ms Chetwynd said.

"The congestion at the Basin Reserve hasn't gone away and we need to really work with all of those parties to work out what the right solution is and deliver it together, and that's the future."

The High Court finding provided valuable clarity to guide the development of future infrastructure projects thoughout the country, she said.

NZTA was committed to working with the community and local councils to tackle transport problems in the capital, Ms Chetwynd said.