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Residents riled by proposed bus depot at Wellington’s Shelly Bay

Residents riled by proposed bus depot at Wellington’s Shelly Bay
A proposed new bus depot at Burnham Wharf on Shelly Bay Road has come up against opposition.

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A proposed new bus depot at Burnham Wharf on Shelly Bay Road has come up against opposition.

NZ Bus is seeking to build a bus depot on Shelly Bay Road, riling residents already concerned about developments just down the street.

The depot would be on the Burnham Wharf and have 70 parking spaces for buses, but has provisions for up to 120 buses – most of which would be electric.

The development would see 25 on-site and 55 on-street parking spaces to cope with peak use of the facility and a council document suggests the Shelly Bay Rd/Miramar Ave intersection could have traffic lights added. NZ Bus would help pay for the new lights.

Benoit Pette, of Inside Wellington, said the resource consent application had come as a shock to Miramar residents already reeling from the Shelly Bay decision allowing a $500 million redevelopment to go ahead.

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The depot “needs to go somewhere”, Pette said, but believed the impact on the community would likely be “quite adverse”.

“On top of the constant trucks driving for the Shelly Bay redevelopment, now we will have hundreds of buses and cars. Somehow our elected members were not aware of it.”

Councillors are said to be blindsided by the proposal, having not been made aware of the resource consent application.

Pette said, given the issues with Shelly Bay, any further development in the area should have been put up for public consultation.

An old image of the Burnham Wharf, right, with Shelly Bay Road running alongside it. Photograph taken by Sydney Charles Smith.

An old image of the Burnham Wharf, right, with Shelly Bay Road running alongside it. Photograph taken by Sydney Charles Smith.

“On top of the bus depot, they’re talking about building dozens of parking spaces,” Pette said.

“They are also talking about cycling and pedestrian paths, but the path isn’t wide enough to have everything. When you think about climate change as well, the current use of the road, this asks another question.”

A transportation assessment provided as part of the consent application said there would not be enough space for a separate cycling path, with a four-metre gap between the street and bus parking enough for only a shared path.

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Shelly Bay, on Miramar Peninsula in Wellington, has caused all manner of strife as developers push to turn it into a $500 million development.

Pette said the road was not fit for purpose as it is, and adding dozens of buses to the road would only make the matter worse.

He said people driving to Miramar through the cutting would also face further delays due to the added bus traffic.

Tramways Union secretary Kevin O’Sullivan said he too had concerns about the depot, but they could be eased by more detailed plans for the site.

There had been no consultation from NZ Bus, he said.

“My immediate concern is it will be hard to get to for staff. I know they’re talking about car parking, but it’s not a big site,” he said.

“And if someone wants to bus to work, it’s quite a walk from Miramar, through Miramar cutting, to Burnham Wharf. It’s not easy to access.”

He said the company was in a tough spot, with a need to find a new depot after their Kilbirnie site was sold and set for demolition.

“There aren’t many places to put a bus depot, I’ll admit that. But is this the best place for it? I’m not so sure.”

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