Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road together are part of a critical route connecting Wellington city to the northern suburbs and the wider region.
It is the busiest bus route outside the city centre, with more than 6,000 people travelling through by bus on an average day. It is also the busiest route in the city for people biking to and from work, with up to 1,300 people biking through on an average day. A mix of commercial, industrial, retail and educational services, alongside some residential properties, are located along Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road.
Thorndon Quay begins at the intersection of Mulgrave Street, just north of the Lambton Quay Bus Interchange, and extends northwards to the intersection with Tinakori Road, where Hutt Road begins.
Hutt Road runs parallel to State Highway 1 and the North Island main railway line until it connects to Centennial Highway at the bottom of Ngauranga Gorge. The whole length of the combined route is approximately 5km; Thorndon Quay is approximately 1km and Hutt Road 4km long.
We’ve taken the feedback on board, and also identified some new issues we think need to be considered in the design of options for improvements to this area.
Key issues on this route relate to:
The objective of this project is to make travel by bus a faster and more reliable choice for people travelling to and through the central city; and provide a safer environment for people walking and on bikes.
This project helps us make a start on moving more people with fewer vehicles. By making travel by bus to and through the central city faster and more reliable, and creating a better environment for people walking and on bikes, we’ll give people more choices about how they get around.
In developing a long-term plan for Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road, we are exploring options to improve bus priority in both directions, improve intersections and pedestrian crossings to reduce delays, and provide better cycle facilities, particularly along Thorndon Quay.
We want businesses to thrive, and we know how important Hutt Road is for access to the ferry terminals, CentrePort and central Wellington. We’ll be working with the local community, and the people who travel through these roads, to make sure that the options we develop take into consideration the needs of all road users.
We’ll then ask for feedback on options later this year. The project team can be contacted via email at email@example.com.
Buses are often stuck in traffic along Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road, and parts of the route are poor for people cycling. The purpose of this project is to make travel by bus faster and a more reliable choice for people travelling to and through the central city; and provide a safer environment for people walking and on bikes. This includes creating a better connection for people biking between the city and the planned Te Ara Tupua Ngauranga to Petone walking and cycling link.
Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road is the busiest bus route outside the city centre, with over 6,000 people on buses travelling through on an average day), and the busiest route for people biking to and from work with up to 1,300 people biking through on an average day.
During the morning peak (two hour period between 7am and 9am on a weekday), there are between 200-400 cyclists travelling along Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road. The number of buses on the road peaks at approximately 40 vehicles per hour, with approximately 13 buses per hour during off-peak. The morning peak (7am to 9am on a weekday) has the highest bus usage, peaking at around 2,800 passengers, the majority of which are passengers travelling towards the CBD.
Wellington City Council have previously undertaken a number of projects on Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road, primarily focussing on cycleways and shared footpaths. We’ve taken the feedback from these projects on board, and also identified some new issues we think need to be considered in the design of options for improvements to Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road.
This project considers both Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road together as one route. The priorities of this project are public transport (buses), cycling and walking facilities.
The key issues identified through previous projects and by the project team have been grouped into the following themes.
We’ll start by asking for your input on the key problems on these roads in late May. Later in the year, we’ll share options for your feedback. If you would like to keep in touch with our progress (including when the options are available for public feedback), please sign up for our newsletter updates here. Or, if you prefer, follow our Facebook page for updates https://www.facebook.com/getwellymoving/
The business case, which includes identification of the preferred option will be completed by the end of 2020. Once we confirm the preferred option, we’ll be able to start planning the changes from early 2021.
The Ngauranga / Jarden Mile Interchange is a complex intersection which currently does not have any facilities for people walking or on bikes to cross safely. We are looking at how this intersection can be improved for buses, and for people walking and cycling, as part of the project.
Improving this intersection will also help connections to the Te Ara Tupua (Wellington to Hutt Valley walking and cycling link) project which is currently underway. The Ngauranga to Petone section is currently in the consenting and design phase. Work has started on the Petone to Melling section with construction of the underpass beneath the rail at Parliament Street due to take place soon. You can find out more about this Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency project at https://www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/te-ara-tupua/