Wellington’s transformation to begin in September after funding confirmed for Let’s Get Wellington Moving projects

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Let’s Get Wellington Moving is looking forward to beginning construction on two significant projects that will shape how Wellington moves people for generations to come.

On 6 July, the Board of Waka Kotahi approved the Government’s share of funding for the Golden Mile and Thorndon Quay Hutt Rd projects, following Wellington City councillors voting to approve the Council’s share the week earlier.

“Over the coming months we’re looking forward to engaging with businesses, residents, commuters and other people who use the central city to explain what these changes will mean for them,” said Sarah Gardner, Let’s Get Wellington Moving Programme Director.

“Before we get spades in the ground in September, we’ll make sure Wellingtonians understand not only what these projects will deliver for them, but also how we will support them through the disruption that construction will bring.

“The Golden Mile revitalisation will create a safe and beautiful heart of the city with generous spaces, attractive native trees and mana whenua designs, for people to shop, work or socialise. It’s also the key to improving reliability for people travelling on buses through the central city and across the wider network, and will help unlock a second public transport spine for a future mass rapid transit system.

“Thorndon Quay Hutt Road improvements will mean the busiest bus route outside of the CBD, and the busiest cycle route in Wellington, are more reliable and safer for all people. It will also connect Wellington City with the Hutt Valley via Te Ara Tupua, the shared path between Ngā Ūranga and Pito-One.

“We understand construction will be disruptive. We are committed to working with businesses, inner city residents and commuters to minimise this while we eagerly move towards a safer, more accessible, and more welcoming city centre.

“Thousands of Wellingtonians have had their say on these two projects since late 2020. We’re grateful for all the input and feedback we’ve received. This will make a significant difference to the positive impact a revitalised city centre will have for future generations,” said Sarah Gardner.

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