The programme
The wider context
Costs and funding
Public transport/Mass transit
The Basin Reserve
Mount Victoria
Parking and journeys
Property issues


 

THE PROGRAMME

What is Let’s Get Wellington Moving all about?

It’s about working with the people of Wellington to support their aspirations for how our city looks, feels and functions while making it easier and safer for people to get around. It’s also about making sure people can get to regional services and facilities, including the hospital, port, and airport.

What geographical area does this programme cover?

Our focus is the area from Ngauranga Gorge through to the airport, encompassing the central city and CBD, the Wellington Urban Motorway, Wellington Hospital and connections to the eastern and southern suburbs.

Is this programme important if I don’t live in Wellington city?

Yes. The central city has the region’s highest concentration of jobs. Many people who live outside Wellington city travel to, from, and through the central city for work, leisure, to shop and to get to the airport or hospital. What happens in the central city has an impact on people and communities throughout the region. Wherever you live in the region, we’re interested in your needs.

When will we see improvements happen?

We’re developing an early delivery programme to make a start on moving more people with fewer vehicles. These improvements will support quicker and more reliable bus journeys and will create a better environment for walking and cycling. We expect to see significant progress on these within a few years.

The larger components of the LGWM programme will take longer as they need to go through a detailed business case process – including investigation, design, consultation, funding, and consenting - before they can be built.

What’s the difference between the LGWM Indicative Package announced by the government and the LGWM Recommended Programme of Investment?

The Recommended Programme of Investment reflects LGWM’s ambitions for improving Wellington’s transport system over the next two decades.

The recommended programme was agreed by the LGWM Governance Group in late 2018 and used as the starting point for engagement with central government on the way to developing an indicative package.

The government announced the LGWM Indicative Package on 16 May 2019. The indicative package includes many, but not all, of the elements in the Recommended Programme of Investment. A description of the Indicative Package is here. A description of the Recommended Programme of Investment is here

 

THE WIDER CONTEXT

How does this work fit with what we’ve already agreed we want for Wellington City in the future?

The vision for the city is set out in several documents that have been developed with help and feedback from Wellingtonians. Wellington Towards 2040: Smart Capital is a broad description of the city we are aiming to create with four main goals – to be a people-centred city, connected city, eco-city and to have a dynamic central city. The Urban Growth Plan and Wellington City’s 10-year plan show how the 2040 vision will be translated into action. Improvements to the way the city looks, feels and functions and the way transport supports this are critical to achieving this vision, so this project, and community involvement with it, are key to the city’s future.

How does this work fit with other transport projects in the region?

There’s already a lot happening in and around Wellington to improve the transport system. The improvements being considered as part of the LGWM programme will take account of, and build on, these other transport projects. In addition, the government has indicated an estimated $4 billion will be available for other regional transport projects over the next 30 years.

Work already underway around the region includes:

  • New cycleways on Cobham Drive, Hutt Road, and in other locations.
  • Bus improvements including a new bus network that provides better access, higher frequencies, new larger buses and a better ticketing system.
  • Rail improvements including more regular services on the Kapiti and Hutt lines and more park and ride at Waterloo and Porirua.
  • Improvements to State Highway 1 north of Wellington city, including Transmission Gully motorway, and a new four-lane expressway from Peka Peka to Ōtaki.

 

COSTS AND FUNDING

Will my rates go up?

The LGWM programme will involve a significant investment in Wellington City to transform the way people travel around the city. This investment will come from both local government and central government funding sources, including rates.

Central government has signalled its support for an indicative $6.4 billion package of transport investments to be funded over 30 years. This gives LGWM greater clarity around possible funding and will help us to determine the likely impact on rates.

Both Wellington City Council and Greater Wellington have provided for some funding in their Long Term Plans, however we expect that additional funding will be required over time and this will be the subject of public consultation as part of the council’s annual plan and long term plan processes.

 

PUBLIC TRANSPORT / MASS TRANSIT

What is mass transit and where will it go?

Mass transit is a frequent, high capacity, high quality form of public transport, usually separated from other traffic. There are a number of options for the type of mass transit system suitable for Wellington, the focus for investigation in the next stage of the programme is likely to be light rail and trackless trams.

Mass transit will connect Wellington railway station with Newtown and Wellington airport. It is likely that the mass transit corridor through the CBD will be separate from other bus corridors to provide sufficient capacity and priority. The mass transit mode and route, along with how it best integrates with other programme elements will be confirmed at the next stage of detailed investigations.

What is the difference between ‘mass transit’ and ‘rapid transit’?

There is no difference. These terms mean the same thing. LGWM have been using the term ‘mass transit’, but the government has used ‘rapid transit’ as it aligns with their funding category.

Has a decision been made about light rail or trackless trams?

The package announced by government and the programme partners includes funding to progress mass transit. This could be light rail or another new electric mass transit technology that will support the vision for high capacity, high quality public transport, such as trackless trams. This will be confirmed over the next phase of detailed investigations.

Will bus journeys be more reliable?

Bus priority measures through the CBD and on a number of key routes throughout the city will be a key feature of LGWM’s early delivery programme you will see being rolled out over the next few years to support faster and more reliable bus journeys.

What’s next for mass transit?

Now that the three LGWM partners have agreed the next steps for the programme, work can begin on investigation, design, and evaluation of mass transit. This work will be extensive.

As part of our Recommended Programme of Investment, we identified a preferred route at a high level, however further investigation is needed to test our assumptions. The final mass transit route will depend on a number of variables, such as the mode of mass transit selected, and how best to integrate mass transit with other programme elements.

This work will involve engagement with the community and with people who could be directly affected.

It will be some time before we know the effects of any design options. We will work to keep the community informed and engage with the public when we have appropriate information.

 

THE BASIN RESERVE

What is planned at the Basin?

The Basin Reserve is a unique feature of Wellington and presents a transport challenge. With the current road layout, the Basin creates a bottleneck because of conflicts between different transport flows between the airport, the eastern and southern suburbs, the regional hospital, the central city and the rest of the region.

Once the LGWM programme is endorsed by the three partners, work will begin on developing minor at-grade changes to improve reliable access for all modes.

We will also commence work on detailed investigation of grade separation between north-south movements, east-west movements and any mass transit corridors.

LGWM has ruled out the previous Basin Bridge proposal which was rejected by the Board of Inquiry in 2014.

Initial analysis suggests that there are other less intrusive options to separate conflicting transport movements and improve flows at the Basin

More detailed investigation will help determine which form of grade separation will provide the best outcomes for the transport network and the community. Engagement with the community will be needed to explore and develop a design that achieves transport outcomes, is sympathetic to the local geography, enhances the use of the Basin, and improves amenity around the reserve.

Is the Basin flyover/ Basin Bridge still on the cards?

Let’s Get Wellington Moving has ruled out the previous Basin Bridge proposal which was rejected by the Board of Inquiry in 2014. 

 

MOUNT VICTORIA

What’s next for Mt Victoria and Ruahine St/Wellington Rd widening?

Now that the LGWM partners have agreed the next steps for the programme, work can begin on investigation, design, and evaluation of an extra Mt Victoria tunnel and any road widening.

This work will involve engagement with the community and with people who could be directly affected.

It will be some time before we know the effects of any design options. We will work to keep the community informed and engage with the public when we have appropriate information.

What will you use extra capacity for?

The government’s expectation is that priority will be given to public transport and dedicated walking and cycling facilities. The best use of the extra capacity will be determined as part of the business case process.

 

PARKING AND JOURNEYS

Will the LGWM programme impact on on-street parking around Wellington?

As more people move around the city we need to make decisions about how we best use our roads. More road space will be needed for walking, cycling and public transport. To allow for this, it’s likely on-street parking on some streets and/or at certain times of the day will need to be removed.

There are a number of ways on-street parking loss could be addressed. In some areas, nearby streets have spare parking capacity to absorb the shortfall from removing spaces. In other areas, parking may need to be removed during the morning or afternoon peaks. In other areas still, more short-stay spaces could be provided in off-street car parks.

Will cars be banned from the Golden Mile?

We will be making changes to how road space is allocated along the Golden Mile to give more priority to buses and create a more people-focussed environment. We’ll ask you what you think of options to improve the Golden Mile next year. Options will need to provide for vehicle access to properties and for deliveries.

How will car journeys be affected by the programme and its construction?

The focus of the LGWM programme is moving more people with fewer vehicles. This means some road space will need to be re-allocated, particularly in the central city and along the new mass transit routes.

As a result, driving a car into or through the central city will be less attractive for many people – especially during the weekday peak – and there will be some delays and disruption during construction of the larger projects. That’s why we need to get started on an early delivery programme to help provide more choice for how people get into and around the central city - by making it easier and more attractive to walk, cycle and take public transport - as soon as possible.

It’s also important we ensure that critical vehicles trips like freight, deliveries, tradespeople, and emergency vehicles can still move around the network reliably.

 

PROPERTY ISSUES

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