The Huddle: Does anyone really want car-free city centres?

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Thu, 17 Jun 2021, 6:47PM
An artist's impression of changes to Courtenay Place. (Photo / Supplied)
An artist's impression of changes to Courtenay Place. (Photo / Supplied)

The Huddle: Does anyone really want car-free city centres?

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 17 Jun 2021, 6:47PM

Let's Get Wellington Moving plans to make the golden mile car free.

It's announced that after public consultation, the 'transform' option is the most preferred.

It means by the end of 2025 Lambton Quay, Courtney Place, Willis and Manners street will become car free, and instead give priority to pedestrians and buses.

The plan still needs to go to the Wellington City Council and Waka Kotahi for approval, before construction can begin at the end of next year.

It comes as businesses impacted by CRL construction in Auckland say they are at the end of their tether.

The intersection of Victoria and Albert Street in Auckland's CBD is closing for two years from June 29 as work continues.

Those affected gathered outside Auckland Council this morning - asking ministers and the Mayor to help.

Attic Backpackers owner Michael Leroy-Dyson told Heather du Plessis-Allan the city rail link work, the lockdown and closed borders are more than virtually any business could survive.

He says the borders closed the year just gone, but they've been putting up with the construction for a while - and it's impacted their ability to have some cash reserves.

And the Government has revealed how our general population rollout of the Covid vaccine will work -- and the booking system behind it.

Those aged 60 and over can book from July 28 It'll move down age bands until under 35s are eligible in October.

Listen above as Hayden Munro and Nick Mills discuss the day's news with Heather du Plessis-Allan on The Huddle