Get ready for easier commutes, cruisier cycleways and safer footpaths.
Public engagement on Let’s Get Wellington Moving’s proposed changes to Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road will open on Tuesday 11 May until Tuesday 8 June 2021. The proposed changes will improve walking and cycling, make bus journeys more reliable and enhance the experience for everyone that lives, works, visits or commutes through Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road.
Wellington City Council Mayor Andy Foster says, “these changes are an exciting step forward to realising the Let’s Get Wellington Moving vision for Wellington to be a great harbour city, accessible to all, with attractive spaces, shared streets, and efficient local and regional journeys.”
Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road is a busy gateway to the city for commuters and a vital retail and business hub for Wellington. The proposed changes will increase reliability and safety for all users and improvements to walking, cycling and public transport will reduce congestion for those who want or need to drive.
Many people live and work on Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road. It’s also an important commuter route; it’s the busiest bus route outside the city centre and the busy cycle route with more than 6,000 bus passengers and up to 1,300 cyclists on an average weekday. This is set grow with an additional 4,000 bus passengers and 2,700 cyclists by 2036.
Let’s Get Wellington Moving’s proposal for Thorndon Quay will provide part-time bus lanes in both directions and extend the two-way cycle path from Hutt Road to the bus interchange at Mulgrave Street. Footpaths and the streetscape will be improved. Safety will be improved by converting angle parking to parallel parking, improving pedestrian crossings and providing a dedicated cycle path.
The proposal for Hutt Road includes providing part-time bus lanes in both directions and bus priority at the Ngauranga/Jarden Mile intersection. To improve safety, we are proposing a raised median to limit right turns and a roundabout on Aotea Quay.
Let’s Get Wellington Moving will use feedback on the proposal to confirm the best option for construction. A preferred option will be shared with the public and if approved, further engagement on bus lane hours, speed and parking will happen in early 2022. In tandem, Wellington City Council will consider a formal resolution to convert Thorndon Quay’s angle parking to safer parallel parking. If approved, these changes will be made by the end of the year.
Mayor Andy Foster says, “the proposed changes respond to feedback we received in 2020 about the issues people experience on Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road. Changes to this route are key to achieving the Let’s Get Wellington Moving vision of moving more people with fewer vehicles.”
Consultation will be open from Tuesday 11 May to Tuesday 8 June 2021. Have your say online at lgwm.nz/thorndonquayhuttroad. There will be open days on Friday 21 May from 3-7pm and on Saturday 22 May from 10am to 3pm. The public are invited to discuss the proposed changes with the project team and submit feedback.