Road improvements - Unlocking the Johnsonville triangle

Wellington City Council and the NZ Transport Agency are improving the main roads in the town centre.

Latest updates

The Johnsonville roading improvements are nearing completion and on track to be finished in September.

New traffic lights on Broderick Road at the intersection of Gothic Street, and also at the intersection of Fraser Avenue, Corlett Street and Johnsonville Road have now been switched on. The lights at all the intersections around the Johnsonville shopping centre are now being monitored and fine-tuned to improve traffic flows.

For more information, read our latest project update.

A crane lifts a beam into position on the new Broderick Road bridge.

Lifting a beam into position during the construction of the first half of the new Broderick Road bridge


Johnsonville is Wellington City's busiest retail area outside the central city. The changes will mean better transport for all road users and complement the planned redevelopment of Johnsonville Mall.

Improvements to Johnsonville roads

The planned work includes:

  • a wider two-lane off-ramp from State Highway 1 and new traffic lights at the intersection of Johnsonville Road and Fraser Avenue
  • upgrading the intersection of Johnsonville and Broderick roads
  • new traffic lights and signalised pedestrian crossings at the intersection of Broderick Road and Gothic Street
  • replacing the Broderick Road / Moorefield Road bridge over the railway lines with a new bridge that will be longer and wider to allow for cycle lanes and dual rail tracks into Johnsonville Railway Station
  • improving the signalised pedestrian crossings on Johnsonville Road, and a new signalised crossing will replace the zebra crossing on Broderick Road
  • a new path for cyclists and pedestrians to by-pass the two northern roundabouts (at the intersection of Johnsonville and Moorefield roads, and Ironside, Helston and Middleton roads)
  • cycle stop boxes at intersections and cycle lanes
  • better bus flow around the Johnsonville triangle (Johnsonville, Moorefield, Broderick roads), new bus stops on Johnsonville Road and upgraded bus shelters
  • real-time bus travel information.

Plans and roads affected

 The following maps show the main changes underway in Johnsonville:


For more information, see our answers to common questions about this project:
Frequently-asked Questions (11KB PDF)Text version (5KB RTF)

Benefits of the project

The benefits of these improvements to Johnsonville roads will be:

  • less traffic congestion in the town centre and reduced peak-hour queues on the State Highway1 off-ramp
  • walking and cycling will be easier and safer
  • bus journey times will be improved, with upgraded bus shelters, and provision for future improvements to bus routes and rail travel
  • commercial and residential growth in Johnsonville will be encouraged, boosting the local economy
  • the work will complement the future redevelopment of Johnsonville Mall by DNZ Property Fund Ltd (DNZ).

Next steps

  • Broderick Road replacement bridge - contractors will be building the new bridge from August 2014 until June 2015. The existing bridge will continue to be used until it’s demolished. 
  • Work on other parts of the project will start in early 2015. 

News - New Railway Overbridge in Johnsonville - 05.08.14

How to stay involved

We’ll be keeping the local community well informed throughout the project with regular updates for residents and businesses in the area. There will be plenty of opportunities to find out more, ask questions and make suggestions.

Project Update - Issue 8 (394KB PDF)
Project Update - Issue 7 (152KB PDF)
Project Update - Issue 6 (187KB PDF)
Project Update - Issue 5 (878KB PDF)
Project Update - Issue 4 (215KB PDF)
Project Update - Issue 3 (212KB PDF)
Project Update - Issue 2 (291KB PDF)
Project Update - Issue 1 (233KB PDF)

  • To be considered as a representative on the community liaison group, send your details and a brief outline of the community you would represent to


    This project to improve Johnsonville roads is part of the Council’s Johnsonville Town Centre Plan and the Wellington Urban Growth Plan. It will be funded jointly by the Council and NZ Transport Agency.

    The settlement and shaping of Johnsonville has in the past depended on transport connections linking the town to the wider region. Economic growth in part depends on improvements to Johnsonville roads to make sure there is good transport flow in and around the town centre.

    Many people from neighbouring suburbs – including Churton Park, Tawa, Newlands, Khandallah, Ngaio and Crofton Downs – use Johnsonville as their main place to shop, do business and use recreation facilities.

    Transport in Johnsonville

    There are three main roads in the Johnsonville town centre, known as the triangle:

    • Johnsonville Road
    • Broderick Road
    • Moorefield Road

    Johnsonville’s retail / commercial core and main shopping centre lies within this triangular block.

    Traffic through the town centre is a mix of the competing needs of vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, which results in congestion. Queues on the southern approach to the Johnsonville / Broderick Road intersection extend back towards the State Highway 1 off-ramp and affect the safe and efficient operation of the motorway in the evening peak-hour traffic.

    State Highway 1, immediately to the east of Johnsonville and part of the Western Corridor, is a primary commuter and freight route in and out of Wellington City.

    Walking and cycling are important modes of travel in and around the triangle. Middleton, Moorefield and Johnsonville roads provide an important connection for cyclists from the north of Johnsonville through the town centre and south towards Wellington City.

    Several bus routes operate around the shopping centre. Buses pass through the shopping centre car park via Broderick and Moorefield roads. Buses link with the rail and there is a need to improve this transport hub in the future.

    The road works required to accommodate the Johnsonville Mall redevelopment will be carried out as an extension to this project when that work takes place.