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, biking, catching the bus or driving. 

Changes at a glance

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The route

The changes along these streets will make things safer and easier for everyone - whether you're walking, biking, catching the bus or driving.

Impacts

  • Better access to bus stops
  • New raised pedestrian crossings 
  • Uphill bike lanes (one-way)
  • Sharrow road markings going downhill
  • Safer speeds around Ngaio village and on Cameron Street
  • Some parking removal and parking changes along the route and on side streets, with a staged approach through the business area on the lower part of Kaiwharawhara Road
  • For full parking details, see parking changes.

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Changes for people using the bus

Bus journeys will be quicker and easier.

Impacts

  • Easier to get to bus stops with new raised pedestrian crossings by the shops on Crofton Road and top of Ngaio Gorge 
  • Faster bus journeys on Kenya Street by removing parking on one side to give more space for vehicles to pass.

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Changes for people on bikes

These changes will make things safer and easier for people riding bikes.

Impacts

  • Uphill bike lanes heading towards Ngaio, with an uphill separated bike lane on Kaiwharawhara Road and lower Ngaio Gorge Road 
  • Shared downhill traffic lane with painted sharrows heading towards Ngaio on Crofton Road and Kenya Street 
  • Uphill bike lane heading towards the city on Crofton Road and Kenya Street 
  • Shared downhill traffic lane with painted sharrows heading towards the city on Ngaio Gorge Road and Kaiwharawhara Road 
  • Uphill painted 'cycle shoulder' and downhill painted sharrows on Cameron Street
  • Change from 50km/h to 30km/h for safer speeds on Cameron Street.

Cycle shoulders are a trial design from Waka Kotahi developed as a way to improve safety for people on bikes on particularly narrow and/or windy roads like we have in Wellington. Cycle shoulders are narrower than the standard bike lane width (1.5m), and include broken yellow lines by the kerb, and a dashed white line at the edge of the vehicle lane which illustrates it is legal for people driving to move into this space if required to avoid oncoming traffic. These may be accompanied by some green markings or cycle symbols where appropriate.

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Changes for people walking

Pedestrian safety and accessibility will be improved.

Impacts

  • Supporting safer vehicle speeds and make it safer to cross and get to bus stops, with: 
    • raising the existing pedestrian crossing on the corner of Crofton Road and Abbot Street 
    • a new raised pedestrian crossing by 5 Ngaio Gorge Road 
  • A safer place for people to cross outside 24-28 Kaiwharawhara Road
  • Extended 30km/h zone on Ottawa Road in Ngaio Village through to Ngaio roundabout and up Crofton Road  
  • Change 50km/h to 30km/h for safer speeds on Cameron Street.

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Changes for people driving

With more separation between bikes/scooters and traffic, this route will be safer and easier for drivers.

Impacts

  • New street layout with separated bike lanes where they haven't been before and lower speeds
  • Extended 30km/h zone in Ngaio village from Ottawa Road to the Ngaio roundabout and up Crofton Road
  • Change 50km/h to 30km/h for safer speeds on Cameron Street
  • Raised pedestrian crossings to make it easier to see people crossing the street
  • Remove 48 car parks on south side of Kaiwharawhara Road and three P30 car parks outside 24-48 Kaiwharawhara Road
  • Remove 57 car parks on north side of Kenya Street and four car parks on south side to give more space for buses and other traffic, and install 1 P10 car park
  • Remove 16 car parks on Crofton Road
  • Remove 1 unrestricted car park at bottom of Old Porirua Road
  • Change 49 car parks on Cameron Street to 4 P60 car parks, 6 P120 carparks and 39 P24hour car parks and change 4 angled P60 car parks to two parallel P60 car parks.

For full details of parking on the route, see parking changes.

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Changes to speeds

Lower speed limits will improve safety for everyone.

Impacts

  • Extending the existing 30km/h zone on Ottawa Road by 320m to the Ngaio roundabout and up Crofton Road
  • Reducing the speed limit on Cameron Street from 50km/h to 30km/h.

This is a separate decision from the other proposed changes, and the final decision is made by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency as per the Setting of Speed Limits Rule 2022.  

We are consulting on both the road and speed change decisions at the same time, as the changes would be delivered together to achieve the best outcome for the community.

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From June 2022, 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:

  • Proposing a staged approach to Kaiwharawhara businesses can adapt to parking changes and consider new ways of using off street parking space, using clearways during busier times during first two stages
  • Installing a 8am-4pm loading zone at the bottom of Ngaio Gorge 
  • Removing two car parks at the bottom of Cameron Street to make it safer for everyone
  • Changes to parking restrictions along Cameron Street to detract long stay cars from other suburbs
  • Changing to an uphill cycle shoulder on Cameron Street to guide people to the Kaiwharawhara Bridle Path
  • Changing 50km/h to 30 km/h for safer speeds on Cameron Street
  • Extending the 30km/h zone from the Ngaio shops through to Crofton Road
  • Installing a new raised pedestrian crossing and raising the existing pedestrian crossing on Kenya Street and top of Ngaio Gorge Road to make it easier to get to bus stops and cross streets
  • Removing car parks on the south side of Kenya Street to make bus trips faster and easier.

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 have included: 

  • Bus Driver Union members
  • Cameron Street residents
  • Cycle Wellington
  • Disability action groups
    • CCS Disability Action
    • Blind and Low Vision
    • D-Sport
  • Greater Wellington Regional Council
  • Kaiwharawhara businesses
  • Let's Get Wellington Moving
  • Living Streets Aotearoa
  • Metlink
  • Ngaio businesses
  • Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency

Proposed roll out of changes

Through engagement with businesses in the Kaiwharawhara Road area, we’re keen to help them adapt to the proposed street changes while providing safer transport options in the short term. This means we’re looking at making the improvements in stages from 2023 to 2025. 

Most of the proposed changes for the route will be installed in stage 1. 

Two sections of the uphill bike lane planned for Kaiwharawhara Road will happen in stages 2 and 3, using clearways over the first two years to help manage the removal of car parking.  

Stage 1 - June 2023 – clearway operating from 4pm-7pm, parking available at all other times 

Stage 2 - Jan/Feb 2024 – clearway operating from 2pm-9pm, parking available at all other times 

Stage 3 - Jan/Feb 2025 – uphill bike lane fully installed and in use, with the remainder of the car parking on the south side of Kaiwharawhara Road removed. 

You can read the details of the proposed roll out of changes.

You can read the full plans

Find out more and read the full set of plans and the traffic resolution for the Ngaio connection project.