From the insights we’ve gained so far from all the surveys and feedback, 12 guiding principles have been developed. These urban design and transport principles will be used as basis for planning and assessing potential solutions. We sought community feedback on preferred options in 2017.

1. Accessible, healthy and safe
Be socially inclusive and recognise the personal safety, access and health needs of all. Through a transport system that meets the varied access needs of people of all demographics across the region, wherever they need to travel.


2. Better public transport
Significantly enhance public transport and increase its use. Through improvements in the level of service across all public transport, to make it easier to get around the region.


3. Clean and green
Improve environmental outcomes for the city and the region. Through a transport system that respects nature and makes a positive contribution to environmental improvement.


4. Compact city
Reclaim urban space to support a compact and liveable city. Through a transport system that minimises traffic in the CBD and ensures ease of access to facilities, entertainment and jobs.


5. Demand and supply
Recognise that we need to do more than just build infrastructure and consider a range of ways to manage travel demand and supply across the network. Through a transport system that has a range of costs and incentives in place to encourage change in network use.


6. Future-proof and resilient
Provide a transport system that is adaptable and future-proofed for urban growth and resilient to natural hazards and climate change. Planning for the impact that social, economic and technological change may have on travel and lifestyle preferences and recognising the role of transport services in encouraging urban development where we want it.


7. Past, present, future
Respect the importance of character and heritage in New Zealand’s capital city. Through a transport system that ensures infrastructure developments are integrated with their built environment.


8. Predictable travel times
Significantly reduce the impact of congestion on journey time predictability for all, at all times. All includes commuters, tourists, movers of freight, tradespeople and anyone travelling to or from the hospital or airport at any time.


9. Set in nature
Ensure that Wellington city remains safe and attractive, set in nature and connected to the harbour.


10. Growth
Encourage continued economic growth and support population growth and intensification of Wellington city as the economic engine of the region. Through a transport system that provides opportunities for residents and businesses to support the desired growth.


11. Travel choice
Provide better transport choices for the region. In alignment with the sustainable transport hierarchy in the Wellington Urban Growth Plan and the Regional Land Transport Plan.


12. Wider view
Recognise that there is a wide range of benefits to be realised from integrating urban form and transport thinking, and that increased value should not be measured by cost alone.


Process Principles

We will:

  • Listen and learn, and be informed and guided by evidence, including smart data approaches
  • Be bold, aspirational and innovative
  • Be open, transparent and communicate in plain English
  • Respect the range of views in the community
  • Adopt best practice urban design and transport standards
  • Seek win wins where possible
  • Be transparent about how trade-offs are made


Download the full Insights + Principles presentation (10.5MB PDF)

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If you have any thoughts on the principles, please let us know.