Latest Project Update
Construction work to revitalise Wellington’s Golden Mile will start from late September this year. Work starts on the side roads off Lambton Quay where we’re installing mobility parks and access ramps.
We will pause all construction from the start of December until mid-January to give businesses the best opportunity to make the most of the busy pre-Christmas period. In early 2024, the next phase of work starts at the intersection of Courtenay Place and Kent and Cambridge Terraces.
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Consultation has now closed. Thank you for your submissions.
Wellingtonians have told us they want a city with fewer cars so it's easier and safer to move around. We've listened, and we’re changing the way Wellingtonians access and use the Golden Mile, prioritising public transport and people, whether they’re relaxing, walking, or on buses, bikes or e-scooters.
We’re creating special vehicle lanes to improve reliability of bus services, as well as bike lanes and wider footpaths to prioritise walking and cycling. New shared spaces, plantings, seating, and other improvements will aim to revitalise the city centre’s retail, social, cultural, and entertainment experience.
To deliver this vision, we've had to balance all the needs of the city, so that Wellingtonians can have more of what they asked for. As promised, we’re checking in to make sure things like access, deliveries, loading zones, mobility parking and personal safety have been well considered in the improvements and design changes that the community’s feedback has influenced.
Previous engagement was focused on the layout and design of the street environment we also shared early ideas about how the traffic controls could work. Now we’re consulting on the proposed traffic resolutions that will enable these proposed changes to be implemented. You can find more information about previous engagement and design development here.
Where this project is happening
The ‘Golden Mile’ is the main retail and commercial strip from the Parliament end of Lambton Quay, along Willis and Manners Streets, to the entertainment hub of Courtenay Place. The Golden Mile is a valuable asset for our city and region. It’s our high street, it’s where we meet, and it’s the main route for buses bringing people into and through the central city. It’s the city’s busiest pedestrian area and our prime employment, shopping, and entertainment destination.
About this project
Our goal at Let’s Get Wellington Moving, is to build a world-class, low-carbon capital city we can all be proud of, where more people can get around more easily and reliably, with streets that are beautiful and safe so that new housing and business will flourish. Wellington’s unique geography, compact city, and small number of road networks means we face unique transport challenges. To make improvements and create a more liveable central city, we must make decisions around how we use the space we have, which means moving more people with fewer vehicles.
New and improved ways of getting around means we won’t need to depend on cars to access the central city as often, which will help make Wellington a more liveable city and cut back on our carbon emissions. This is about building a better future for the city, the region, it’s people and the planet.
Revitalising areas of the Golden Mile will create a more vibrant and welcoming place to live, work and play as well as make it safer to get around.
The Golden Mile project aims to improve bus reliability and provide opportunities for walking, cycling, and more open spaces. This means better lighting, wider footpaths, more public seating, outdoor dining opportunities and more.
The Golden Mile is part of Let’s get Wellington Moving's Three-Year Programme – a collection of projects that need to be delivered now, to make the bigger ones - like mass rapid transit, an extra Mt Victoria Tunnel, and the Basin Reserve - possible.
You told us what you want the future of Golden Mile to be.
You provided feedback on three options: ‘Streamline’, ‘Prioritise’ and ‘Transform’.
You told us you want to see the Golden Mile ‘Transformed’.
The business case helped us make the final decision on the changes we’ll make to the Golden Mile.
Thank you to all those who provided feedback on the detailed designs for the Golden Mile during the public engagement (11 July-14 August 2022) including loading zone locations, bus stops, side street layout, and ideas for shared spaces. We are currently analysing the comments received and will share the Engagement report later this year.
Where we can, we’ve used your feedback to inform and develop our designs and are now consulting on proposed traffic resolutions that will enable the changes to be implemented. Once we have a completed these steps and, subject to Wellington City Council approving the final design, we’ll update you on details like how construction will be phased, construction timing and what to expect.
We will finalise the design and start construction.