Proposed changes

Consultation is now closed. Thank you to everyone who gave us feedback.

The feedback we’ve received on this proposal will inform the preferred option to make safe and reliable travel choices, and a more attractive street environment. Feedback about the initial parking changes to improve safety on Thorndon Quay will be presented to Wellington City Councillors on the 23rd of June 2021.  

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Thorndon Quay starts just north of the Lambton Quay bus interchange and runs for about 1km north to the intersection of Hutt Road and Tinakori Road.

Hutt Road runs parallel to State Highway 1 and the railway line for about 4km to the bottom of the Ngauranga Gorge.

About this project

Many people use Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road. As one of the city's most important commuter routes, it’s the busiest bus route outside of the city centre and Wellington's busiest cycle route. On an average weekday there are more than 10,000 bus passengers and up to 1,300 cyclists.

New paths proposed as part of this project will complete the walking and biking link into the central city from Ngauranga. This project will also link to Te Ara Tupua, the planned shared path between Ngauranga and Petone, which will enable more people to walk and cycle between the Hutt Valley and Wellington.

We’re looking at ways to:

  • improve safety for everyone
  • give buses more priority
  • improve intersections and pedestrian crossings
  • provide better walking and cycling facilities
  • enhance the street environment to create attractive spaces 
  • improve access to the Kaiwharawhara ferry terminal for passengers and freight.

Why change?

With growing numbers of people expected to be living and working in Wellington City and the wider region, more people will soon be using Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road. And more of these people will want to walk, cycle or take the bus instead of going by car. 

To accommodate this growth and reduce our emissions from road transport (which make up 35% of Wellington City's overall emissions), we all need to reduce our reliance on private vehicle travel. 

We used your feedback to develop the objectives for the project. We then developed options to meet these objectives. We carried out assessments to reduce the very long list of ideas to a short list of options.

We know that you want to see changes made to Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road. We have started to assess the short list of options against a range of criteria including:

  • the objectives of the project
  • social and economic impacts
  • effect on property access
  • fit with other Let’s Get Wellington Moving projects
  • how easy the option will be to build, maintain and operate.

Find out more

There is a lot going on in the Wellington region. The Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road project is working with key stakeholders to understand the impact of the project and how we can design a solution that considers future growth and other projects.

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Let’s Get Wellington Moving and Wellington City Council have heard a lot from you about Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road. 

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Thorndon Quay & Hutt Road timeline


Project scoping and development

Using the feedback from public engagement and talking with key stakeholders, we drew up a very long list of hundreds of ideas to improve Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road and develop the objectives for the project.

To get to a long list of potentially viable options, we assessed the ideas against project objectives. This initial assessment got the list down to about 160 options.

To get to a short list of 16 options, we assessed the long list in more detail. The options were assessed against the project objectives, the impact of the changes and how easy they would be to build.

From the short list, we have developed a proposed solution for the public to have their say.

May-June 2021

Have your say on the proposal

Proposal open for feedback from 11 May 2021

July 2021

Engagement report

We’ll feed back what we’ve heard from you

Late 2021

Angle parking change on Thorndon Quay

If approved by Wellington City Council at a committee meeting on 23 June 2021, angle parking on Thorndon Quay will be converted to parallel parking to improve safety.

Late 2021

Preferred option

We’ll share with you the preferred option to make safe and reliable travel choices, and a more attractive street environment. 

Early 2022

Have your say

Have your say on proposed bus lane hours, speed review and parking changes


Construction begins

Construction begins on walking, cycling, bus priority, safety and street 'look and feel' improvements