So if you want to show your support for the people who pay for state highways (the whole project is fully fundable from fuel taxes and road user charges), then put in a quick submission in support. You can be sure the Greens will have rounded up a few thousand to oppose it - because it's a road.
Oh and the deadline is today.
UPDATE: See the Greens are already seeking you support their groupthink agitprop.
Some of the nonsense written by Gareth Hughes:
"Wellington needs urgent investment in public transport and safer cycling and walking".
Really? Beyond the hundreds of millions spent on brand new trains, extending electrification to Waikanae, upgrading the Johnsonville line for new trains, upgraded stations, new rail infrastructure, new trolley buses? What's unsafe with cycling and walking? Missing a footpath?
"It certainly doesn’t need an 8 metre high flyover that will deface much of Wellington’s heritage precinct including the war memorial, the Mother Aubert crèche and the Basin Reserve."
Much? You mean between Buckle Street and Mt Victoria Tunnel? That's "much" of the heritage precinct? Deface by having a bridge skirt the northern side? Hyperbole again.
"In particular, we support light rail from the CBD out to the airport."
Of course you do. You have a religious passion for light rail. Forget it would cost hundreds of millions, lose money, not relieve congestion, put a privately run commercial unsubsidised bus service out of business, and not meet the needs of freight or people travelling from outside the CBD to the airport - it's light rail, bow down and get excited, it's cool man.
"Wellingtonians do not need an uneconomic urban motorway that will take out dozens of homes, depreciate land value, reduce the town belt and increase air and noise pollution."
It isn't an urban motorway. The homes are either state owned or on land long designated for road widening. The effect on the town belt is derisory, and there isn't evidence it will increase pollution.
"Cities such as Seoul and Seattle regretted building flyovers in their cities and have replaced them with attractive and spacious urban design."
One in Seoul, plenty more remain. In Seattle it was weakened by an earthquake and it is now being replaced with a tolled bored tunnel highway - exactly the type of bypass for Wellington you all opposed. Such a conspicuous lie.
"There is no evidence to suggest there is a need for such a costly and imposing roading project." Several kilometre long traffic queues for 1.5 hours every morning from Mt Victoria Tunnel, and the same around Oriental Bay. No, no evidence at all. Long evening queues southbound towards the Basin holding up all traffic, including buses heading for Newtown. No evidence.
"demand for better public transport is sky-rocketing". Which is why the airport bus frequencies have improved. More fare revenue, but then you don't really approve of anyone making money from transport.
"In the short-term, better traffic signalling and bus priority measures would largely mitigate congestion around the Basin at a fraction of the cost."
Says who? The architects who developed a "solution" that prohibits traffic movement between the tunnel and Newtown? How would this mitigate the queue from Mt Victoria Tunnel
"Light rail through the CBD out to the airport is a cheaper and more sustainable option that would alleviate congestion and offer commuters an affordable option in the face of future oil price rises."
Cheaper? How? Don't have a price do you? Loses how much money? Where in the world have new light rail schemes alleviated congestion? How is it an option for freight, or people going to/from the airport from the rest of the region? How is it affordable when you need to increase rates or other taxes to pay for it?
Just loads of empty vacuous spin, worshipping the altar of new subsidised railways, freight is invisible, as are any people not travelling to and from the CBD.
They are even so backwards in thinking that they don't push congestion charging, bit too much "user pays" and high tech for a party that loves trams?
What's really pathetic is that the Greens have stopped arguing against new roads because of them not being economic, but chooses to lie about what they will do and the basis for them.