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Wellington's plea to transport minister: $2.3b worth of infrastructure needed to fix city

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The scenarios proposed would cost between $150 million and upwards of $2.3 billion, and could take up to 10 years to construct.

Placing part of State Highway 1 into a trench, duplicating the Mt Victoria and Terrace tunnels, and separating traffic near the Basin Reserve have all been recommended to solve Wellington's traffic congestion woes.

A working group charged with solving the problem revealed its grand transport plans to local councillors this week before the final recommendation made its way to the desk of Transport Minister Phil Twyford.