The changes along these streets will make things safer and easier for everyone – whether you’re walking, riding a bike/scooter, catching the bus or driving.
Councillors approved the bus and bike improvements between the waterfront (at Kent Terrace) and Mein Street in Newtown at a meeting on 15 September 2022 of Pūroro Āmua, the Planning and Environment Committee.
We’re proposing changes that will make this route safer and more accessible for everyone.
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Bus journeys will be quicker and easier between Wellington Hospital and Courtenay Place.
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There will be a connected route between the waterfront and Wellington Hospital to Mein Street. Also, people riding from Majoribanks Street to the waterfront will have a safe bike lane on Kent Terrace.
Waterfront to Basin Reserve
Basin Reserve to Mein Street
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Pedestrian safety and accessibility will be improved.
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With separation between bikes/scooters and general traffic, and more bus lanes, this route will be a safer space for everyone. The changes may take some time for people to adapt to but we will be monitoring how they operate once they are installed.
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We’ve heard feedback from people that the current bike lane installation from the hospital entrance on Riddiford Street isn’t working well leading up to the Mein Street intersection from the hospital. We’re proposing changes to this area to make it easier for everyone approaching this intersection.
The changes proposed:
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Find out how the route is being installed and get the latest updates.
Newtown is only 2km from Wellington central, making it about a 10-minute bike or bus ride into the city.
Newtown through to the city is a key area for growth and intensification under the 2021 Spatial Plan and the proposed District Plan. Street improvements like these will support our growing neighbourhoods so we can cater for more people moving around in the future without our city grinding to a halt.
These improvements also support Wellington Hospital’s Travel Action Plan, which aims to provide more transport choices for the 5000+ staff travelling to the hospital, freeing up parking spaces off-street and in the surrounding area, for people who need it most.
Overall, the changes along these streets will make things safer and easier for people using this busy route and provide more options for how people can get to and from work, school, or tertiary study, drop kids at day care, visit local shops, Wellington Hospital and related health services, or sports and recreation.
From the end of 2021, we began engaging with residents and businesses about planned bus and bike improvements along this route.
Following discussions with groups in the community and stakeholders, we included the following changes in our designs:
Changes along Riddiford Street, Mein Street and Hall Street:
Changes along Adelaide Road and side streets:
Changes along Kent and Cambridge Terrace
As part of our engagement, we’ve worked closely with groups in the community and stakeholders to make changes to the proposed design.
These groups included:
Once the changes are in, we’ll be monitoring and evaluating community feedback, local economic data, travel times for buses and traffic and use of short-term parking and loading zones.
Longer term, we’ll be tracking things like numbers of people riding bikes and taking the bus, diversity of people on bikes (age and gender), whether more people think the changes are positive, and kilometres of infrastructure installed per year and how long it takes to get things in.
Find out more and read the full set of plans for the Newtown to city project.
In this webinar (recorded on 15 March) you can meet the team and learn about important street changes that are part of the city's goal to be a net zero carbon capital by 2050. We talk you through two projects - Newtown to the city and the Botanic Garden ki Paekākā to the city. The Council's City Design Manager, Vida Christeller, and project lead Renee Corlett share information about the designs and when the changes will happen. The webinar includes a question and answer session, how you can provide feedback on the street changes once they're made and how to keep in contact with the project team.
In this webinar (recorded on 2 June) we talk you through the new bus stop platforms for the Newtown to the city and the Botanic Garden ki Paekākā to the city projects. The webinar includes a question and answer session with panellists from Wellington City Council, Waka Kotahi, Metlink, Zicla and International Design for All.
Look at the plans, parking management plans, detailed information on the options we considered and more.Read more
We'll be monitoring and evaluating the street changes alongside community feedback.Read more
We developed a list of possible options that could improve this route. We looked at things from a range of perspectives.Read more