Find out how the Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road project has developed and how we'll get to a preferred solution.
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Gathering ideas and narrowing options
Using the feedback from public engagement and talking with key stakeholders, we drew up a very long list of ideas to improve Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road. These ranged from providing seats on Thorndon Quay to re-opening Kaiwharawhara railway station.
Creating a long list of options
To get to a long list of potentially viable options, we assessed the hundreds of ideas against project objectives. This initial assessment got the very long list down to about 16 options.
Some of the ideas that did not make the cut for the long list included building a roundabout at Tinakori Road intersection or combining buses and people riding bikes into one lane.
Narrowing options to a short list
To get to a short list of 16 options, we assessed the long list in more detail. The options were assessed against the project objectives, the impact of the changes and how easy they would be to build.
One of the options that did not make it onto the short list is an off-road cycle path between the commercial buildings and the railway on Thorndon Quay. This was discarded because the land is owned by KiwiRail and there could be safety concerns with a path through this area. Other ideas that did not progress included retaining the angle parking on Thorndon Quay and any options which required the purchasing of land or property.
There are a number of common elements between all 16 options on the short list.
- providing bus lanes and bus priority at the Mulgrave Street and Ngauranga/Jarden Mile intersections to improve bus reliability
- moving some bus stops to improve bus travel times and provide more convenient walking distances between bus stops
- providing a cycle path to connect Te Ara Tupua to the city
- improving traffic lights at Mulgrave Street to improve the safety of pedestrians and cyclists
- upgrading the existing crossings and installing more crossings for pedestrians and bikes at the Ngauranga/Jarden Mile intersection
- upgrading footpaths and improving pedestrian crossings
- improving the look and feel of Thorndon Quay
- improving the intersections at Tinakori Road, Rangiora Avenue and Onslow Road
- converting angle parking on Thorndon Quay to parallel parking
- reviewing speeds on Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road.
Elements for buses include:
- providing bus lanes into the city, or
- providing bus lanes into and out of the city.
Elements for cycle paths on Thorndon Quay include:
- providing a one-way cycle path on both sides of the street, or
- providing a two-way cycle path on one side of the street.
Elements for Hutt Road include:
- providing a roundabout on Aotea Quay to help take traffic away from Hutt Road, and
- keeping a painted central median on Hutt Road, or
- building a central raised median on Hutt Road to restrict right-turns, or
- building a service lane on Hutt Road to restrict right-turns.
Some of the combinations of the elements are shown in the images below.
Examples of road space (artist impression)
Thorndon Quay examples
Hutt Road examples
Developing the 2021 proposal
To get to a proposal from the short list, we looked at each of the 16 options in more detail.
One of the options that did not make it off the short list for Hutt Road was the one-way service lane shown in example 1 above.
This was proposed as a possible way of providing alternative vehicle access to the businesses along Hutt Road between Onslow Road and Kaiwharawhara Road (on the eastern side) to prevent right turns into and out of properties across Hutt Road. The service lane option is not preferred because it is more disruptive, fits less well with other regional projects and has larger implementation risks.
Getting to a preferred solution
While the proposal is out for feedback, we are doing even more detailed assessments against a range of criteria that, combined with your feedback, will help us get to a preferred option for construction. The criteria include:
- the project objectives
- the effects on Tangata Whenua values
- the social and economic impact
- the effect on property access
- how the option fits with other Let's Get Wellington Moving projects
- how easy the option would be to build, maintain and operate.
What the changes will mean