Preparing for the future – more choice for more people

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.

Changes at a glance

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The route

We’re proposing changes that will make this route safer and more accessible for everyone.

Impacts
  • New street layouts with separated bike/scooter lanes and bus-only lanes where they haven’t been before
  • Two-way bike lane to the Basin Reserve, via Kent and Cambridge terraces
  • Separate bike and bus lanes on both sides of Adelaide Road and Riddiford Street to Mein Street
  • Faster bus journeys with more bus-only lanes and raised platforms at bus stops
  • New signalised crossing between the central medians (at Vivian Street/Cambridge Terrace)
  • On-street commuter parking significantly reduced
  • Loading zone and short stay parking relocated
  • Parking retained outside the Urgent Pharmacy on Adelaide Road
  • Mobility parking unaffected

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Changes for people using the bus

Bus journeys will be quicker and easier between Wellington Hospital and Courtenay Place.

Impacts
  • Separate 24/7 bus lanes along Adelaide Road (both directions)
  • Extended hours for bus-only lanes on Kent and Cambridge (7am–9am, 4-6pm Monday to Friday)
  • Raised platforms at bus stops

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Changes for people riding bikes/scooters

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.

Impacts

Waterfront to Basin Reserve

  • Two-way bike lane between the southern end of Oriental Parade and the Basin Reserve via Kent and Cambridge, on:
    • the eastern side of Kent, between Oriental Parade and Majoribanks Street
    • the eastern side of Cambridge, next to the footpath and central median
  • From the Kent/Majoribanks intersection, the bike lane will cross diagonally to the central median (on a separate signal phase) and to the eastern side of Cambridge via the slip lane (near Courtenay Place)
  • Central median turning bays on Kent and Cambridge will be closed to traffic
  • People on bikes will use the existing crossings to the waterfront, and the existing route through the Basin Reserve
  • Shared path on Cable Street and Oriental Parade, connecting to the existing Oriental Parade bike lane

Basin Reserve to Mein Street

  • People on bikes will use the existing signals to cross between the Basin and Adelaide Road
  • Separated bike lanes on both sides of Adelaide Road and Riddiford Street
  • Small section of shared path from Adelaide Road (near McDonald's) to Rugby Street to connect to the separated bike lane, and for people on bikes who want to cross at the signalised crossing

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Changes for people walking

Pedestrian safety and accessibility will be improved.

Impacts

  • New signalised pedestrian crossing between the central median islands at Vivian Street
  • Footpaths will be more accessible – people on e-scooters will be able to ride in the bike lanes instead of on footpaths
  • Short section of shared path at the Basin end of Cambridge Terrace near Buckle Street 
  • Small section of shared path from Adelaide Road (near McDonald's) to Rugby Street to connect to the separated bike lane, and for people on bikes who want to cross at the signalised crossing
  • Shared path on Cable Street and Oriental Parade, connecting to the existing Oriental Parade bike lane

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Changes for people driving and delivering goods

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.

Impacts
  • New street layouts with separated bike lanes and bus lanes where they haven’t been before
  • On Adelaide, separate lanes for general traffic, bikes and buses (painted median removed)
  • 24/7 bus lanes on Adelaide, in both directions
  • Fewer lanes for general traffic on Cambridge
  • Extended hours for bus-only lanes on Kent and Cambridge, 7am–9am and 4pm-6pm, Monday to Friday
  • All parking removed on the south-eastern side of Kent Terrace, between Oriental Parade and Majoribanks Street
  • Slip lane at the end of Oriental Parade closed to through traffic (apart from residents) and parking removed 
  • All parking removed on both sides of Adelaide between Girton Terrace and Hospital Road
  • All parking removed on Riddiford, between John and Mein streets
  • Riddiford St loading zone (near John St intersection) relocated to inside Hospital driveway entrance, 50m on left. 7pm-7am loading zone and P10 retained at current loading zone location.
  • Parking changes will be made on side streets to mitigate the removal of parking.
  • No right turn for vehicles from Cambridge Terrace into Pirie Street – drivers will have to turn at the Basin or Elizabeth Street
  • All three turnarounds closing between Kent and Cambridge Terrace

Read more about the parking changes

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Changes to improve the Mein Street intersection

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:

  • Relocate the bike lane to the left hand side of the road from the hospital emergency entrance, with cycle lane dividers
  • The final signal phasing and timing will ensure this is a 'protected phase' to avoid conflicts between left turning vehicles and people on bikes riding straight through the intersection
  • Remove an additional six parking spaces on Riddiford Street outside Newtown School to allow the separated bike lane to continue straight at this intersection and merge safely with vehicles.

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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:

  • Relocating loading zone for businesses on corner of Adelaide Road and Riddiford Street to the Hospital car park entrance, with P10 loading during off-peak hours 7pm-7am in the lane
  • Removing an additional six parking spaces on Riddiford Street outside Newtown School to allow separated bike lane straight to intersection
  • Changing three unrestricted parking spaces to P30 parking spaces on Hall Street to better accommodate people visiting Wellington SCL
  • Changing five pick up and drop off parking spaces to P10 parking spaces outside Newtown School on Mein Street
  • Changing 17 P60 parking spaces to P120 parking spaces on Mein Street to better suit hospital visitor and appointment times

Changes along Adelaide Road and side streets:

  • Changing two coupon parking spaces to P10 parking spaces on Drummond Street for allowing people to be dropped off or picked up from Blind and Low Vision New Zealand and the Blind Foundation, and to accommodate moving cars around for people test driving cars from a nearby business
  • Changing two unrestricted parking spaces to P120 parking spaces on Broomhedge Street to facilitate people visiting the dance studio and the brewery
  • Keeping eight P60 parking spaces outside accident and emergency centre and starting the separated cycleway after the parking area.

Changes along Kent and Cambridge Terrace

  • Changing bus lanes on Kent and Cambridge Terrace to 7am-9am and 4pm-6pm, rather than the originally proposed 7am-7pm, to allow for parking during off-peak bus times.
  • Relocating loading zone currently outside BATS Theatre to Roxburgh Street to provide better protection from rain and wind, rather than the initial proposed loading zone across the road
  • Full time loading zone changed to an off-peak loading zone for businesses on Cambridge Terrace, with bus layover at peak times
  • Providing additional bus layover on Chaffers Street
  • Relocating the taxi stands on Kent and Cambridge Terrace
  • Providing additional four metred parking spaces against closed turnarounds on Kent 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:

  • Accessibility community
  • Blind and Low Vision New Zealand
  • Blind Foundation
  • Businesses along the route
  • Fire and Emergency New Zealand
  • Metlink
  • Newtown School
  • Taxi companies
  • Wellington Hospital
  • Wellington After Hours Accident and Emergency Centre
  • Wellington SCL

Tell us what you think

We’re looking to get your feedback on how the proposed designs could be improved, and what aspects we should pay close attention to after it has been installed.  

Your feedback will go to councillors in mid-September with the final traffic resolution, and if the project is approved, work to install the route using adaptable materials will begin in October.  

Once the route is installed, we’ll work hard to collect feedback and data on how it is going and improve things such as signs, street markings, and the position of dividers between the bike lanes and traffic. 

You can have your say until 5pm 31 August 2022.

Have your say

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We're hosting a number of drop-in sessions where you'll have an opportunity talk with the project team and find out more about the planned route, view the maps, the materials being used. If you need help making a submission, or want to learn more, drop in and have a chat. 

Event cancellation or postponement

If there’s a need to cancel or postpone any of our events due to weather or unforeseen circumstances, we’ll give 48 hours’ notice before the event date here.

Changes to Mein Street intersection

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:

  • Relocate the bike lane to the left hand side of the road from the hospital emergency entrance, with cycle lane dividers
  • The final signal phasing and timing will ensure this is a 'protected phase' to avoid conflicts between left turning vehicles and people on bikes riding straight through the intersection
  • Remove an additional six parking spaces on Riddiford Street outside Newtown School to allow the separated bike lane to continue straight at this intersection and merge safely with vehicles.

You can read the full set of plans

 

Find out more and read the full set of plans for the Newtown to city project.

View the plans and the traffic resolution (TR173-22)

Riddiford Street

Separated bike lanes on both sides of the road and new bus stop platforms and bus lanes on Riddiford Street (near Wellington Hospital). View towards Newtown. 
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Adelaide Road

Separated bike lanes on both sides of the road and bus lanes on Adelaide Road (near Drummond Street). View towards Newtown.
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Adelaide Road

Separated bike lanes on both sides of the road and bus lanes on Adelaide Road (near McDonald's). View towards the Basin Reserve and city.
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Cambridge Terrace

Two-way separated bike lane on Cambridge Terrace (near the Basin Reserve). View towards the waterfront.

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