Kia ora all,
A huge thank you for your interest and support for our work over the year. It has been a year of progress, and we have appreciated your engagement with us. To round off the year, we would like to share a programme update with you.
But first, thank you all for your warm welcome since I took up the reins as Programme Director. It has been a pleasure to meet many of you over the past eight months, and I look forward to meeting others in person next year.
Artist’s impression of Courtenay Place, looking towards the Embassy Theatre
Revitalising the Golden Mile
Your feedback on our work is important, and after hearing your views, we have rescheduled public consultation on traffic resolutions so that we avoided the month of December, which we understand is a busy time for many of you. In the meantime, we are continuing to work closely with building owners, businesses, residents, key stakeholders and the public on the design of the project. Thank you for taking the time to work with us or provide feedback.
We will release the engagement summary, 60% design, and traffic resolutions in the early months of next year, and warmly welcome your feedback.
We propose to commence underground service investigations on the Golden Mile in January 2023. This is to help us understand the environment beneath the pavement, including utilities and the geo-technical aspects of the Golden Mile. Six trenches or holes will be dug first between Manners, Willis and southern Lambton Quay between mid-January and March. There will be some brief disruption when we do this work, but it is temporary, and each hole is expected to be open for only a few days. We will be in touch with businesses and residents with more information before this work starts.
Transforming Thorndon Quay / Hutt Road / Aotea Quay
Thank you to all those who have made a submission over the last month on the design, proposed speed changes and traffic resolution on Thorndon Quay so we can make this busy route safer for everyone. It is the city’s busiest cycle route and the second busiest bus route.
The traffic resolutions will be heard by Councillors in March next year, and we propose to start work in Autumn 2023. We will be in touch with businesses and residents well before then.
Aotea Quay roundabout
Mid-year, we successfully completed the traffic resolution process to construct a roundabout on Aotea Quay. We greatly appreciated your engagement in that process. This will remove heavy vehicles and busy ferry traffic from Hutt Road by providing an alternative route on SH1 that exits at Aotea Quay. We are currently finalising some property matters ahead of construction.
Kidzone cycleway trials and Hutt Road
Back in August, we worked with two preschools, parents and cyclists to co-design child-friendly crossings across the cycle lane on Hutt Road. Thanks to all those who participated and/or made a submission on both options. We have used this feedback in our designs on Thorndon Quay, and it will also be used in other projects in Wellington and across the country.
We are still developing plans for Hutt Road and will share this as soon as possible.
Slip lane trial SH2 at Hutt Road in January-February 2023
As part of the Hutt Road project, we are investigating best options to connect this cycleway with the new Te Ara Tupua cycle and walking path.
In late January next year, we will trial the closure of the southbound slip lane at the SH2 off-ramp at Ngā Ūranga, which has a free left turn onto Hutt Road. During the 3-week trial, we will investigate options to reallocate the road space under the SH2 bridge to make way for the two-way cycleway. Temporary traffic management will be in place. We’ll share more information with the wider community before the trial starts.
People-friendly City Streets – Johnsonville to Ngā Ūranga
This programme is looking at how we can make it safer and easier for people to walk, bike, or use public transport between the Johnsonville triangle (Johnsonville Road, Moorefield Road and Broderick Road) and the inner city via Ngā Ūranga Gorge. This 3.6 km route is used by around 15,000 vehicles each day.
Commuters have to compete for space, and their journeys are often delayed because of traffic congestion. People who ride their bikes or walk to the city centre via Ngā Ūranga Gorge often feel unsafe, especially where paths are narrow, and traffic is moving fast.
Thanks to everyone who met with us or shared their feedback in November on the options for this project. The Johnsonville community’s passion for where they live, work, and play is clear. We look forward to sharing our findings early in 2023.
Cobham crossing update
Thankfully a good run of dry weather allowed us to complete the anti-skid surfacing for this seaside project. Some lighting and power challenges are requiring some last-minute works but we are we are looking to open the crossing early January.
This new signalised crossing will provide a safe way for people to cross this busy 1.8 km stretch of road. Like the Basin Reserve crossing, it will only work on demand, with only one side of traffic halted at any one time.
Importantly, it is the main route to Wellington International Airport, the regional indoor sports centre and regional swimming pool, as well as the new cycle lanes from Evans Bay into the city via Oriental Bay. Over 2000 secondary and intermediate students move around this area each weekday.
We will advise the community before the lights are activated.
Next phase for mass rapid transit project
Following the Government’s announcement of the preferred option in June, we have completed our early investigations for the Mass Rapid Transit and Strategic Highway Improvement projects.
The next phase of this transformational project will commence in the new year and run through to the end of 2024. This will involve conducting detailed investigations on the preferred option, confirming the MRT route, station locations and preferred mode, determining the Mt Victoria tunnel alignment and configuration, and engaging with the community, businesses and stakeholders.
Safer inner-city intersections
If you’ve travelled down Vivian Street or along Jervois Quay recently, you will have noticed changes being made to make it easier and safer for those on foot or with a pushchair, wheelchair or bike to cross these 14 intersections. Work will be completed by May 2023.
Thank you to our Board and partners, Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Waka Kotahi and our Mana Whenua partners for their continued support to ensure the best possible results for the people of Wellington, now and in the future.
Most importantly, thank you for your interest in and passion for this city and our Programme, which we all share. On behalf of the Let’s Get Wellington Moving team, I send you and your whānau our best wishes for the season.
Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete me te Tau Hou!
Programme Director Tumuaki Hōtaka