Big changes are planned across the city for a low carbon future and to make sure there is enough good quality housing available for our growing population and generations to come.

These include an updated District Plan, Let’s Get Wellington Moving’s proposals for mass rapid transit between the city and Island Bay, and Paneke Pōneke – our plan to develop a citywide network of safe biking and scooting routes. The network includes the southern connection between the south coast and city via The Parade, Berhampore and Newtown.

In November 2021, Councillors agreed in principle that they would like to make safety improvements on The Parade, subject to consultation, to complete the Island Bay section of the city to the south coast route.

On 10 March 2022, following consultation on the traffic resolutions (specific parking and other traffic changes) that were required to make the safety improvements, Pūroro Āmua, the Council's Planning and Environment Committee, agreed to proceed with this work.

The expectation is that these changes will be in place until mass rapid transit is built, which could be 10 years away. The alternative option Councillors considered was to build the agreed 2017 design at a cost of up to $14m, knowing it could be replaced by mass rapid transit (light rail or fast buses).

You can read the 10 March Committee report, which includes a consultation summary, and the meeting minutes.

You can also watch a recording of the Committee meeting. 

What to expect during construction 

Work is underway along The Parade to make safety improvements. The work south and north of the main shopping centre will be completed in 2022. Changes in the shopping centre are planned to start in 2023. 

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  • The Parade south of the 30km/h zone to Reef Street will be resurfaced with chipseal. This involves spraying hot bitumen on the road surface, spreading aggregate (stone chips), and then rolling it to embed the stone chips into the bitumen. 
  • Chipseal is sticky. If possible, please avoid recently resealed areas and check shoes before going inside or getting into vehicles.  
  • A temporary 30km/h speed limit will be in place where work is happening along with stop/go traffic management. 
  • Any vehicles left in the work zone may be towed to a suitable parking spot nearby. Should your vehicle be moved and not returned to its original location, please check nearby streets first before ringing the contractor Fulton Hogan on 04 387 4852. 
  • People on foot and bikes and scooters will still be able to use the route but please follow the directions of the crew when passing through the work site. 
  • Bus services will run as usual. 
  • Residents and/or business owners will have access to their properties but during phases of resealing may experience some delays. 
  • In case of an emergency, essential services will be given priority.  
  • If you are expecting a delivery or have a tradesperson needing access, let the crew on site know and they will allow them through the work site.  
  • Rubbish collection and recycling will continue as usual, but may be subject to wider Covid-related collection changes. 
  • There will be loose stones while the new surface beds in. The contractors will monitor this and sweep excess stone chips as required. 
  • To allow the new surface to settle in, please drive slowly and carefully.

  • The traffic lanes south of the 30km/h zone, starting a little south of Medway Street to Reef Street will be resurfaced with chipseal.  
  • New road markings will then be painted on the new road seal in line with the new street layout and parking changes. The work has to be done in dry weather so weather-related delays are possible.  Delays are also possible due to Covid-19 impacts on construction crews. This phase of the work will take two to three weeks, but the resealing itself will happen over two to three days. 
  • The asphalt on the bike lanes won't be resurfaced as it is newer, still in good condition and not subject to the same wear and tear. 
  • Concrete buffers similar to the ones in Rongotai Road in Kilbirnie will be progressively installed south and north of the 30km/h zone. These will provide a kerb for people to park next to, space to get in and out and unload vehicles, and more protection for people on bikes.  
  • The changes include slightly wider traffic lanes, clearer road and bike lane markings, improved visibility at driveways and intersections, and the removal of some street parking. 
  • Safety and other improvements in the 30km/h zone (between Avon and Mersey) are expected to happen in 2023. Planning for improvements to the public areas around the shops is underway - we are talking with businesses and looking at options.

The main shopping centre

The Committee signalled its support for the planned safety changes in the main shopping centre in March 2022 but held off making a decision on the traffic resolutions until the local area-based parking plan is completed.

Separated bike lanes through the shopping area, which will provide a continuous route along The Parade, will be installed in 2023. The design includes replacing angle parking with parallel parking. There will be discussions with businesses as part of completing the parking plan for the area and there could be changes to things like time restrictions on parking or designating more spaces for mobility parking. 

The Council is also working with local businesses on plans to improve parts of the main shopping area. 

The route

We’ve made a start on the Newtown to city section of the southern route, rolling out an adaptable new street layout on part of Riddiford Street, Adelaide Road and Cambridge and Kent terraces to the waterfront. The changes we're making on The Parade will complete the Island Bay section. 

 

The planned changes - consultation now closed

In February 2022 we asked for feedback on proposed safety improvements.

Thank you to everyone who gave us feedback. Councillors made decisions on 10 March 2022.  After considering the feedback, and a range of other factors including the need to address identified safety issues, they agreed to proceed with the planned changes. 

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As part of decisions made in June 2020 on the city’s Long-term Plan 2021-2031, Councillors voted to invest $226m in a safe, connected citywide bike network.

They requested a new bike network plan (Paneke Pōneke) to get changes made more quickly – to make things safer and easier for more people of all ages and abilities to bike (or scoot), and to reduce transport carbon emissions as part of meeting the city’s climate action goals.

Let’s Get Wellington Moving has confirmed future mass rapid transit will include The Parade. This will bring significant changes in future years.

In November 2021, Councillors agreed in principle that they would like to make safety improvements on The Parade, subject to consultation, to complete the Island Bay section of the southern connection from the city to the south coast as part of the citywide bike network.

In March 2022, following consultation on the specific parking and traffic changes (resolutions) required to make the safety improvements, Pūroro Āmua, the Council's Planning and Environment Committee, agreed to proceed with the changes, starting in  March/April 2022. 

The expectation is that these changes will be in place until mass rapid transit facilities and stations are built, which could be 10 years away. The alternative option before Councillors was to build the agreed 2017 design at a cost of up to $14m, knowing it could be replaced by mass rapid transit (light rail or bendy buses).

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The bike lanes on The Parade were first installed in 2015 following community engagement and consultation.

Options for improving the bike lanes and street layout were developed with the community in 2016-2017 (Love the Bay) and a substantial redesign was agreed to by Councillors in 2017. During the design work that followed, detailed topographic information showed that rebuilding the bike paths at footpath level along the length of The Parade, which was a key feature of the 2017 design, was going to be challenging and exceed the available budget.

The improvements being proposed now will help achieve the Love the Bay objectives, which were developed in collaboration with the community to shape the 2017 design brief for The Parade. These changes will improve safety, make the layout cohesive and intuitive for all users, and contribute to a pleasant and welcoming environment.

The project was put on hold due to the funding shortfall. It did not qualify for Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency funding unless it was planned and built as part of the whole southern connection between the city and Island Bay.

In 2018 and 2019, we engaged with people in Mt Cook, Newtown and Berhampore on options for this section of the city to south coast route. This work was also put on hold due to uncertainties over funding and possible mass rapid transit routes (work that was happening as part of Let’s Get Wellington Moving).  

Transforming this route is part of:

  • developing a modern, sustainable city
  • responding to the climate emergency
  • making sure our growing population has safe, healthy and environmentally friendly ways to get around.

It’s also a step towards better walking, biking and public transport networks. 

Transport is Aotearoa’s fastest growing source of carbon emissions and 34% of Wellington City’s carbon footprint – so changing the way we move is by far the most effective way we can personally take action.