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Let’s Get Wellington Moving is bringing together central and local government movers and shakers, transport and urban design experts, mana whenua, and passionate people like you. Our goal is to build a world-class capital to be proud of, where more people can get around more easily and reliably, with streets that are beautiful and safe so that new housing and business will flourish. We won’t need to use our cars as often so will cut back on carbon emissions. This is about building a better future for the city, the region and the planet we love.
As Wellington’s population grows, we’ll need to build more homes that we can afford and are closer to where we need to be. And we need to act now on climate change. To do this we need state-of-the-art public transport, powered by New Zealand’s highly renewable electricity, that can move more of us around Wellington more quickly and reliably.
We’ve worked with experts from Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency to come up with the best four options, taking on board what locals care about. We are doing this work with the support of our mana whenua partners Taranaki Whānui and Ngāti Toa.
You have four options, with a mix of different transport modes and routes, that you can provide feedback on.
All the options will help enable transformation of our city by:
Here are the mana whenua values that we've used to guide us in developing these transport options:
A Sense of Place
By moving more people with fewer vehicles, we’re helping create a better connected, more vibrant and resilient city and region. To do this, we need you to tell us how you want to move through the city, and the routes you want.
This is a continuation of the work we started in 2018.
Now – 10th December
Your feedback will be used to inform which of the four options should go through to the next stage.
We will update you on the outcomes of this engagement in early 2022, and come back to you for your thoughts on a more detailed proposal.
Based on your feedback, we'll finalise the designs and plan for construction
Construction begins! Depending on the final decision, this will take 8-15 years.
We’ll be moving more people around our city, connecting with the rest of the region and changing what Wellington looks like. Imagine a cleaner, greener, dynamic city. Picture a world-class capital flourishing with:
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to help shape our region and redesign the city we live in. We want you to make the best decision possible, so take the time to read through the information before you provide your feedback.
We know that internationally, state-of-the-art mass rapid transit systems encourage cities and suburbs to flourish and grow.
We’ve researched which kind of transport is right for the people using it, the climate crisis, and best meets Wellington’s challenging geography and geology.
All options include modern electric vehicles with lots of space and a smoother ride.
Bus Rapid Transit vehicles are spacious elongated buses. They don't move as many people as light rail but are more flexible because they don't need tracks.
The light rail system can move the most people - up to 300 people per vehicle. Light rail runs on steel tracks so they take longer to install.
If local travel is physically separated from highway traffic, the Basin Reserve will no longer be a busy roundabout. It could be completely transformed to make it easier for everyone to breeze around, through or beside the Basin.
In three out of four options, the Basin Reserve won’t be a roundabout at all. This will mean it can be beautified so that people can relax in a stunning ecosystem with native plantings, right in the heart of the city.
All four options will result in an extra tunnel at Mt Victoria with the existing tunnel being completely refurbished.
This will mean we can keep vehicle traffic separate from people walking and cycling, and add new dedicated lanes for public transport, making daily commutes safer and more enjoyable.