How we're installing the route

The Newtown to city route is being installed in three sections:

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Section 1 - Riddiford Street near Mein and Hall streets

Work to install the separated bike lane, bus lane, and bus stop platforms was completed in June 2022.

Continued work to complete this section includes changing the kerb layout outside Wellington Hospital between the Accident and Emergency entrance and Mein Street to reconfigure the bike and traffic lanes leading up to the Mein/Hall intersection.

In response to community feedback, this also includes changes to the intersection layout at Mein Street and Riddiford Street. This involves:

  • relocate the bike lane to the left-hand side of the road from the hospital emergency entrance, with cycle lane dividers, so the  lane continues straight at the intersection before merging safely with vehicles
  • remove six car parks outside Newtown School so the bike lane continues straight at the intersection before merging safely with vehicles
  • provide more P10 pick-up and drop-off spaces on Mein and Riddiford streets for Newtown School
  • provide three P30 car parks on Hall Street (instead of unrestricted parking) outside SCL laboratory for their visitors

The separated bike lane outside 9-23 Riddiford Street will also be installed, and loading zone relocated around the corner at the Hospital Carpark Access Road.

This section is expected to be complete by end of November 2022.

Starting in November, work will start to install the bus and bike lanes, and bus stop platforms, on this section of Adelaide Road. Car parking spaces will be removed when the bus stop platforms and new road markings are complete. 

Once the changes are complete on Adelaide Road, there will be: 

  • separate bike lanes in most places
  • bus lanes that operate 24/7 in both directions
  • separate lanes for general traffic
  • some bus stops relocated and some removed
  • three new raised bus stop platforms, like the ones outside the hospital
  • no on-street parking except for eight P60 car parks outside the Urgent Pharmacy
  • no painted median strip 
  • parking reallocated on side streets, increasing short-term parking.

We expect this work to be complete by mid December 2022.

Installation of changes along this section of the route is scheduled to happen once sections 1 and 2 are complete, however we are looking at possible ways to get it done sooner. The work includes:

  • improved bus lanes with extended hours on Kent Terrace and Cambridge Terrace
  • a two-way bike lane between the Basin Reserve and the waterfront via Cambridge Terrace and a short section of Kent Terrace
  • closed u-turn areas between Kent Terrace and Cambridge Terrace
  • no right-turn from Cambridge Terrace into Pirie Street
  • a new signalised diagonal bike crossing from Cambridge Terrace to Kent Terrace at the Courtenay Place intersection
  • easier access to taxi stands, relocated from the median island to outside Cambridge Hotel on Cambridge Terrace and outside the Embassy Theatre on Kent Terrace
  • shared path on Cable Street near Oriental Bay.

We expect this section to be complete in early 2023.

The main contractor doing the work will be Fulton Hogan. The work involves painting new road markings and installing physical dividers between bike lanes and bus lanes, low rubber speed humps that can easily be driven over at driveways, and raised platforms made of modular recycled material at bus stops. 

Work hours will generally be 9am to 4pm. The work will be coordinated to minimise traffic at peak times. There will be a 30km/h speed limit around the immediate work area.

Cones and barriers will be in place where required, but people will be able to get to shops and businesses in the vicinity, and people on foot will still be able to safely get past the work site and cross the road. If any issues should arise around access or deliveries, construction staff on site will be able to help.

Bus stops will be moved slightly while work happens and people on bikes will have to ride in the bus or traffic lanes as directed by traffic management until each section of the route is complete and fully open.

Installation is now underway on Adelaide Road

Bus stop changes

We began installing new bus stop platforms on 7 November. This work is expected to be completed by 26 November, when all the bus stop changes will come into effect:

  • Stop 6016 - Adelaide Road outside Blood Bank - this bus stop is being removed to make journey times more efficient. Bus passengers can either travel 250m south to the bus stop outside the hospital, or 250m north to the new bus stop platform by Drummond Street.
  • Stop 7015 - Adelaide Road near 80 - this bus stop is being moved 100m south, closer to Drummond Street where a new bus stop platform will be installed.
  • Stop 7017 - Adelaide Road by Beaurepaires - this bus stop is being replaced by the relocated Stop 7015, which is 150m north by Drummond Street
Road resurfacing

We've coordinated the work on this section alongside routine road resurfacing work. The resurfacing is due to start from Sunday 20 November, and will take about a week. Because this is a main thoroughfare, our contractors will be working between 7pm-5am to minimise the disruption for people travelling through the area. They're aiming to complete the noisiest work before 11pm to reduce the noise impacts for people living in the area. 

This new road surface will be finished asphalt for the new bike lanes and finished chipseal surface for the bus and general vehicle lanes. Resurfacing work is weather dependent, so work could be delayed in case of bad weather. 

Parking changes

Parking along Adelaide Road between the Basin Reserve and Riddiford Street will be removed once the resurfacing work gets underway. Eight P60 car parks will remain outside the Urgent Pharmacy.

New road layout and parking changes

Once the road resurfacing is complete, the new full-time bus lanes and bike lanes will be marked in. This means parking in this area will be removed at this point, except for eight P60 car parks outside the Urgent Pharmacy. 

Once the line markings are in place, the physical lane separation for bike lanes will be installed. 

We expect this section to be completed before Christmas.

How you can give us feedback

Once these changes are made, we’ll be asking for further feedback on how the new bike and bus lanes are working as people get used to the street layouts. Tweaks can be made to iron out any minor issues and make improvements.

We’ll be gathering data on things like numbers of people on bikes and buses and how safe people walking and cycling feel before and after the new layout.

Feedback about more substantial changes will be passed on to the Let’s Get Wellington Moving programme, as more transformative changes along this route will be made when the planned mass rapid transit is installed. 

Feedback on the installation

If you've got feedback on how things are going during the installation process, we're keen to hear from you. We have a quick questionnaire available here