To achieve our vision for Wellington as a great harbour city, accessible to all, with attractive places, shared streets, and efficient local and regional journeys, we need to move more people with fewer vehicles.

The state highway plays a vital role in Wellington’s transport network. It connects people and freight to key regional destinations such as the central city, port, hospital, airport and eastern suburbs. However at peak times the queues are long, and traffic moves very slowly. We want to improve travel choices and reliability for all transport modes using this important corridor. To do this, we’re starting off by looking at two key pinch points. The Basin Reserve and the Mt Victoria Tunnel.

But we also need to think about how our city will grow in the years to come. By considering the bigger picture, and how these areas work as part of our wider transport system, we will make sure that any proposed improvements are future-proofed and support the city’s development. Broadly we’re looking at how possible improvements at the Basin Reserve and Mt Victoria Tunnel highway can:

  • Enhance the liveability of the central city.
  • Reduce reliance on private vehicle travel.
  • Provide more efficient and reliable access to support growth.
  • Improve safety for all users.
  • Improve resilience through a transport system that’s adaptable to disruptions and future uncertainty.

Later this year we’ll be sharing some improvement options and asking you to tell us what you think.