3 Jun 2014

Basin Reserve final submissions

7:19 pm on 3 June 2014

More than 70 days of hearings are drawing to an end with closing submissions over a proposed $90 million proposed flyover at Wellington's Basin Reserve cricket ground.

An independent panel is deciding whether to give consent to the 263-metre-long bridge, which would run over the edge of the ground from Buckle Street to the Mount Victoria tunnel.

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

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

The project's merits have been debated for more than a decade. The New Zealand Transport Agency says the flyover will improve traffic flow. But opponents, including some residents, believe it would damage the environment and be an eyesore.

On Tuesday, the panel heard a summary of the legal issues that have come up during the 71-day hearing, including whether moving the Home of Compassion creche near the proposed site is legal, and if a planned cycle and pedestrian pathway is wide enough to be safe.

The board of inquiry's legal counsel, Helen Andrews, said the hearing has been long and complex for all involved.

The Transport Agency's legal counsel told the panel the flyover would improve traffic flow and make the roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

Andrew Cameron said opposition to the proposal is surprising, as no homes or businesses would be torn down and there would be little impact on natural resources.

The agency would continue its closing submission on Wednesday.