The intersection changes will make crossing here safer and easier, and are part of Let’s Get Wellington Moving’s programme of central city walking improvements. Work is scheduled to start in late August.
The big changes will be:
- raising the pedestrian crossing over the slip lane to footpath height
- adding a new signalised crossing over Bowen Street from the Lambton Quay side of The Terrace (outside The Treasury building)
- upgrading the traffic signals with new poles and mast arms.
In advance of the bike and bus lanes, we're also installing underground ducts for the traffic signals, vehicle and bike detection loops that trigger the lights and bike-friendly stormwater drain grates.
We’re having to work around the construction happening at 46 Bowen Street (uphill from The Terrace). Once that project is finished, there will be a new bus stop and better connections for people on foot.
Councillors gave approval to consult on a connected citywide bike network that will make streets safer and healthier for everyone, at a meeting of Pūroro Āmua – the Planning and Environment Committee – on 23 September 2021.
At the same meeting, Councillors also voted to get going quickly on two of the critical routes in the bike network - between Newtown and the city and the Botanic Garden ki Paekākā and the city - and develop these using adaptable materials so people can use them, make suggestions, and help to refine the design once they're installed.
Engagement with businesses on the Newtown and Botanic Garden ki Paekākā to city routes started in November 2021.
We worked with technical experts and a stakeholder group to develop the design options and wider feedback was gathered via a public survey and individual conversations with businesses along the route. Data on things like parking use and numbers of people on bikes and buses is being gathered now so we can evaluate the changes in the future.
The bike network plan, Paneke Pōneke, was approved by Councillors on 10 March 2022 following consultation in late 2021.
Then in July 2022, Wellingtonians had the opportunity to provide feedback on the traffic resolution for the changes for the Botanic Garden ki Paekākā to city route. Over 700 pieces of feedback informed the designs that went out for consultation, and Council analysed 638 pieces of feedback from individuals and 17 organisations about these designs, alongside advice from technical experts and the working group.
On Thursday 11 August, at a meeting or Pūroro Āmua, Councillors approved the route with one amendment – extending the peak-hour bus lane by an hour.
You can read a summary feedback report and all public submissions.
A recording of the meeting and minutes are also available on the Council website.