Wellington homes

PHOTO: Traffic backed up in Wellington in July last year when the commuter train services were disrupted. Photo: RNZ / Rob Dixon

Wellingtonians will find out next year if they are in line to lose their home, as a result of the multi-billion transport package Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM).

An internal report obtained by RNZ shows consultation with the public is being delayed because officials don’t want to tell those people before Christmas their home may have to be demolished to make way for the development.

Instead, the programme has opted to tell them in February, when the detailed proposals for mass rapid transit and state highway improvements will be made public.

Since the $6.4 billion investment was unveiled in May last year, the programme has been busy putting together all the different projects to start action.

The only one to be completed so far is the reduction of speed limits to 30km/h on most of the central city’s streets.

But bigger, more complicated projects are in the works.

The two main ones being worked on are mass rapid transit from the train station to the airport and State Highway 1 improvements, meaning unblocking the Basin Reserve including building a second Mount Victoria tunnel.

Public engagement on those projects was due to be finished in time for Christmas but the timeframe was scuppered by the delay to the general election, which meant it could only get ministerial approval much later than originally anticipated.



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