In the beginning

In 2014, Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council, and the NZ Transport Agency signed the Ngauranga to Airport Governance Group MoU – the first precursor to Let’s Get Wellington Moving.

In 2015, after the Basin Bridge proposal was rejected, the Ngauranga to Airport partners took a fresh, wider look at the city’s transport system and created Let’s Get Wellington Moving.

Public engagement

In 2016 we asked Wellingtonians what they love about the City and what frustrates them about getting around. We heard from over 10,000 people through phone surveys, on-street surveys, online surveys, focus groups and panels.

This helped us develop principles to guide our work, and our programme objectives.

We also gathered extensive data on Wellington’s transport system to help identify the challenges and opportunities LGWM faces.

Scenarios

The initial public feedback and survey results, along with a series of community and stakeholder workshops, helped us develop scenarios for Wellington’s transport future.

In late 2017 we shared four scenarios with the community. We asked people which scenario they preferred, and what they liked and disliked about the scenarios. Over 2000 people and more than 50 groups responded.

Recommended programme

Using feedback we received on the scenarios, we developed the Recommended Programme of Investment (RPI) to Get Wellington Moving. In late 2018 we shared our vision and the RPI with the Government.

This was an aspirational plan, and the starting point for engagement with central government on the way toward an indicative package which all partners could support.

Package

In May 2019, the Minister of Transport, supported by the Mayor of Wellington and the Chair of Greater Wellington Regional Council announced the indicative package for LGWM. The indicative package includes most, but not all, of the elements in the RPI.

Following the announcement Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council, and the NZ Transport Agency approved the next steps for the programme, including the Early Delivery programme, and investigation and design of the major projects.