Keeping in touch
The Let's Get Wellington Moving (LGWM) team is continuing to work from home while the COVID-19 restrictions apply. We hope you are keeping well and are able to get out and enjoy the city a little more now we are in Alert Level 2.
In our previous newsletter we said we were reviewing our engagement approach, and looking at how we can effectively engage with the public and stakeholders in these challenging times.
We've been hosting video conferences with our project teams and technical experts, we've started meeting with stakeholders online, and we're planning webinars to support public engagement in coming months.
While these aren't quite the same as face-to-face communication, it is great to connect with people, and we're excited about seeking your input as our projects progress.
Covid response and work programme
LGWM and our programme partners are working on a number of initiatives in response to COVID-19.
Our Governance Reference Group has agreed that any temporary or immediate changes are best done by our partners.
Find out more about Wellington City Council's proposals on temporary street changes and have your say before 28 May. You can also learn about regional proposals on Greater Wellington Regional Council's website.
LGWM is working through which early parts of our plan could be brought forward over the next few years to support the recovery and move more people with fewer vehicles. But our primary focus will remain on our core programme - and keeping projects on track through the business case process.
Council hearings on central city speed limit proposal
Thank you to all of those who commented on our proposal to lower speed limits on most central city streets to 30km/h.
Over 1,700 people made a written submission, with 64% supporting or strongly supporting the proposal. Last week around 50 people appeared via video before Council hearings on the proposal. The next step is a final decision by Wellington City Councillors.
A full consultation report will be published shortly. In the meantime, you can see the summary results from the public consultation on our website
Golden Mile project
In November and December we asked how you thought the Golden Mile (Lambton Quay to Courtenay Place) could be improved to make travelling by bus more reliable, and to create a better environment for people walking and on bikes.
We received around 1,600 comments. The most common suggestions were removal or restriction of private vehicles, better bus priority, less crowded footpaths and better cycle facilities.
The Golden Mile team has used this feedback to develop and assess a long-list of options for improvements. The team is now considering stakeholder input and working towards a short-list. We plan to ask for your feedback on these in the coming months.
The report summarising the feedback is on our website
Mass Rapid Transit and Strategic Highway Improvements
In mid-March we appointed project teams for Mass Rapid Transit and Strategic Highway Improvements (including the extra Mt Victoria tunnel and Basin Reserve).
The teams have analysed previous studies, documentation, and public and stakeholder feedback, and are now considering technical detail and long-list options. Over the coming months they'll be meeting with stakeholders to provide updates and seek input.
Public engagement on a short list of options is scheduled for later this year.