More people and fewer vehicles on the Golden Mile – have your say

Today we released three different concepts for community feedback to make the Golden Mile a better place for people and buses.

Improving the Golden Mile is an important part of our plans to move more people with fewer vehicles and support Wellington’s growth.

The Golden Mile is the shopping and entertainment heart of the City and one of the busiest pedestrian areas in the country. It runs from Lambton Quay through Willis and Manners streets to Courtenay Place. It’s also the core of the city’s bus network – bringing 36,000 people to and from the city on a typical weekday.

The three concepts are:

Streamline – which takes some general traffic off the Golden Mile while making buses more reliable

Prioritise – which goes further by fully prioritising buses and pedestrians and creating more space for people to walk, shop and spend time

Transform – which changes the road layout to make pedestrian spaces up to 75% wider, bus lanes and, in some places, dedicated areas for people on bikes

The preferred option, to be confirmed later this year, may be a combination of these three concepts. Detailed planning and implementation will be underway from 2021.

These concepts reflect the changes people have told us they want for the future of the city. We’re working to create an accessible, liveable city with more space for people and great public transport. The Golden Mile is a key part of that vision. Improvements will help get the city ready for other LGWM projects including bus priority on key suburban routes into the city, an integrated mass rapid transport network, improvements to the Basin Reserve and an extra Mt Victoria Tunnel.

From this week residents, business operators and property owners along the Golden Mile will receive letters encouraging them to give feedback. There will be events for businesses and the community – an opportunity to ask questions of the project team.

Feedback on these concepts is open until 26 July. Find out more and have your say at


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