Council to consult on lowering inner city speed limits

5 February 2020

Wellington City Council has agreed to proceed to public consultation on proposals to change the speed limits on a number of central city streets.

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The proposals will extend the 30km/h speed limit that is already in place in and around the Golden Mile (Lambton Quay, parts of Willis and Manners streets, and Courtenay Place and adjoining sections of other streets) to most other streets in the central city.

“This will make the city centre a more pleasant place to be for the many thousands of people who live, work and spend time here. It will also make the central city safer for people walking and on bikes,” says Councillor Jenny Condie, who holds the Associate Transport Portfolio.

“It is proposed the speed limits on the main arterial roads remain at 50km/h. This is to encourage people driving through the city to use these main routes rather than quieter streets,” Cr Condie says.

The safer speeds proposal is part of Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM) – a once-in-a-generation opportunity to support and shape the city’s and the region’s growth while making it safer and easier for people to get around. LGWM is a partnership between Greater Wellington Regional Council, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and Wellington City Council. The vision of the programme is to have a great harbour city that is accessible to all, with attractive places, shared streets, and efficient local and regional journeys.

“Work is continuing on other aspects on the LGWM programme. This Council wants to work together with our partners to make things happen. Setting safer speeds across the core of our CBD is part of that. It will also help make the central city a more pleasant and relaxed place to be,” says Mayor Andy Foster

“If you are one of the people who provided early feedback in November and December 2019 to help shape this proposal, thanks so much for your help, and please do take the time to let us know what you think of it becoming a reality,” Mayor Foster adds.

Consultation will start on 24 February and end on 31 March. It follows a prior engagement phase. More detailed information will be available nearer the time through the normal Council communication channels and on www.lgwm.nz/saferspeeds