Better Land Transport

25 February 2014

Wellington’s transport system is generally performing well but we need to plan for future growth and ensure the network remains efficient and sustainable.

Cyclist on a cycle path.

Making it easier and safer to get around Wellington

As the city’s population grows, minimising congestion while ensuring safety for pedestrians and cyclists will be high priorities.

The city’s location and terrain means that rather than expand the road network, we need to find other solutions to ensure that goods and services can be moved in and out of the city with ease and so people and businesses can connect.

Our aim is to provide reliable and sustainable services, offer choice of transport mode and make it easier to get around.

Our approach accommodates all modes of transport – cars, trucks, trains, buses, bicycles and walking. We want people to feel confident about switching transport modes and less reliant on using private cars.

Our transport strategy supports our urban development strategy. By focusing more intensive residential development around places of work, shops and other facilities in key centres, we can improve access to public transport and also reduce the need to travel.

Better, more efficient and resilient transport connections indirectly help grow the economy. New transport routes, for example, provide development opportunities alongside the route and can lead to an uplift in land values in areas now connected to the network.

We are working with Greater Wellington Regional Council on the Public Transport Spine Study. The outcome of this study will help guide future investment in the city’s public transport network.

The NZ Transport Agency plans on investing hundreds of millions of dollars over the next eight years on a range of state highway projects including the Basin Reserve, Memorial Park, Inner City Bypass enhancements and the Buckle Street to Cobham Drive project, including a second Mount Victoria tunnel.

Over the next three years, the Council is also investing over $130 million on renewal and maintenance of infrastructure that supports a range of different transport modes – such as cycleways, footpaths, bus routes, motorbike stands, and roads.

Specifically, our focus is on:

  • reducing bottlenecks
  • safer and quicker cycleways between the suburbs and the city centre
  • further strengthening the reliability and efficiency of the city’s public transport network, particularly along the ‘growth spine’.

Part of our future plans is to develop this growth spine from Johnsonville to Kilbirnie. This ‘multi-modal corridor’ starts at Ngauranga and continues through the Wellington city centre to Newtown (including the regional hospital), the eastern suburbs and Wellington International Airport.

It includes State Highway One, major arterial routes, the railway line where the North Island main trunk and the Wairarapa lines merge and through to Wellington City rail terminals, as well as the key routes for passenger transport, walking and cycling.

Working towards better land transport along the growth spine will really make a difference for Wellington’s economy and meet the needs of our growing population.

What are the 8 Big Ideas?

Wellington City Council recognises that in order to prosper we need to invest in the things that grow our economy.

The 8 Big Ideas, although in their formative stages, aim to set out a priority agenda for the next three years to provide investment opportunities and confidence in the city’s growth.

While each idea is at a different stage of development, collectively they have the ability to significantly transform the city.

For more on the 8 Big Ideas, see:

News - Eight Big Ideas for Economic Growth  - 27.01 14