Golden Mile early works to begin this month

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Wellington’s Golden Mile project is taking a step forward with early works commencing to confirm what lies beneath the footpath and road, ahead of main construction works commencing later this year.

March Update: Work on Lambton Quay and Courtenay Place will commence on a later date and we will advise building owners, businesses, and residents well ahead of work commencing. 

 February Update: Early works along Golden Mile began Sunday 19 February on Willis Street and will progress to Manners Street after.

The Golden Mile project aims to improve bus reliability and provide opportunities for walking,
cycling, and more open spaces. For Wellingtonians travelling the length of Courtenay Place,
along Manners and Willis Street, then Lambton Quay to the Supreme Court, this means
better lighting, wider footpaths, more public seating and outdoor dining opportunities.

LGWM Programme Director Sarah Gardner says it’s an exciting precursor to construction
work going ahead to revitalise the Golden Mile.

“These early works will show us the actual location of utilities, the state of infrastructure, and
give us geo-technical information we need to finalise planning, including types of pavers and
bus stop design.”

The works will take place over 8 weeks, beginning with Manners Street at 7pm Sunday
19 February 2023, followed by Willis Street, and Mercer Street. Work on Lambton
Quay and Courtenay Place will commence on Sunday evening 12 March 2023, subject
to archaeological approvals.

“Throughout these works we’re committed to being a good neighbour by ensuring we
do not affect the day-to-day running of the city. All measures are being taken to
minimise impact and disruption for residents, businesses, and the public.”

All work will be carried out at night between 7pm to 5am from Sunday-Thursday and no
work will be carried out on Friday or Saturday nights. Mats and acoustic screens will be
used to reduce noise, and we will ensure trenches are made safe during the day so
there will be no impact on businesses, traffic or pedestrians, including those with
mobility issues.

Bus routes remain unchanged. After 7pm, bus stops on Willis Street will be relocated, but
within the same block. We are working with Metlink to advise customers.

“I want to thank Wellingtonians in advance for their patience and understanding as we carry
out this important work. We’re excited to get on and deliver a revitalised Golden Mile to
make our city more liveable and accessible for everyone,” says Sarah Gardner.

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