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25% increase: Govt announces “record transport investment” for Wellington

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Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today a record $1.9 billion investment in Wellington will deliver a safer, better connected and more resilient transport system over the next three years.

The planned investments are detailed in the 2018/21 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP), published today by the NZ Transport Agency. The planned $1.9 billion investment planned for Wellington is part of the Government’s record $16.9 billion investment in transport across New Zealand. The investment in Wellington is a 25% increase compared to the previous three yearly 2015/18 NLTP, and a 41% per cent increase from 2012/15.

“This record investment in our transport system will help grow our regions, make it easier to get around our cities, and save lives on our roads. It will deliver the best results for our transport dollar,” said Phil Twyford.

“Safety is a top priority for the Government. $425 million will be invested in programmes and projects in Wellington that will save lives. This will include revamping intersections to stop collisions, installing median barriers in high-risk areas, and increasing road policing.

“Wellington is a fantastic capital city, and it needs a fantastic transport system that is safe and efficient if the city is to continue to thrive as it grows.

“To ease congestion and make our cities healthier places to live, $614 million will be invested in public transport, a 44% increase from 2015/18, and $83m for walking and cycling, a 248% increase from 2015/18. This includes funding for the Eastern Bays cycleway and the development of the Wellington to Hutt Valley Walking and Cycling Link.”

Phil Twyford said Wellington city’s compact position in an active earthquake zone makes improving resilience a critical part of the NLTP investment programme.

“Geographic constraints mean any disruption to the transport system will have significant social and economic impacts for the nation’s capital and for the wider region and beyond. We’re improving the safety and reliability of all travel options over the next three years to help keep communities connected, and keep corridors open for people and freight. We’re investing $109 million in transitional rail to help improve efficiency and reliability for commuters and freight.

“State highways continue to receive the largest share of funding, with a total of $759 million invested in state highway improvements and maintenance, which reflects the Government’s continued commitment to this vital part of our transport system.” Phil Twyford said.

Full details of the investments being made through the National Land Transport Programme, including detailed regional breakdowns, can be found at www.nzta.govt.nz


  1. Jonny Utzone, 31. August 2018, 17:51

    So, GWRC had it planned all along? Implement a disastrous Plan A but blame it on central government funding. Labour then rides in as the shining white knight spending millions of tax dollars to fund ‘improved’ transport.

  2. Traveller, 31. August 2018, 17:54

    What’s “transitional rail?” Do “all travel options” and/or the 44% increase in public transport spending somehow include light rail?

  3. CycleAware Wellington, 31. August 2018, 19:17

    Great news for bikes and safety in the new govt transport plan. Here’s the factsheet on walking and cycling which includes the Petone to Ngauranga path.

  4. Celia Wade-Brown, 31. August 2018, 21:58

    Great Harbour Way Trust is delighted the Government will be advancing the missing link in the Great Harbour Way. The Great Harbour Way, Te Aranui o Pōneke, is an amazing scenic opportunity for locals and tourists alike, for both recreation and commuting. Fixing the gap between Ngauranga and Petone will also seamlessly connect the capital to the Remutaka Trail. Both Hutt and Wellington City Councils are working on their parts, the Transport Agency must do their section. Let’s look forward to runners, walkers, wheelchair users and cyclists all being able to enjoy this seaside route. It will be a great asset for the region – and might even offer good whale watching!

    Many hours have been spent analysing possible connections between Wellington and the Hutt Valley and we look forward to work beginning as soon as possible. The seaside option will protect the rail line and the highway from storms and gives a resilience co-benefit. Availability of ferries and trains mean that there are many options for day or multi-day excursions. The Great Harbour Way Trust is meeting with New Zealand Transport Agency representatives in September to work together on accelerating progress.

    From today’s National Land Transport Programme: “A $43m investment in the Ngauranga to Petone section of the shared walking cycling path will provide a much needed walking/cycling connection between Wellington and the Hutt Valley and increase resilience by building a new seawall that will protect the shared path, the rail line and SH2.”

    See http://www.greatharbourway.org.nz/route-map/ for the whole route.

  5. Ian, 31. August 2018, 22:58

    $1.9bn less the projects detailed above, means LGWM will be EITHER a new Mt Vic car tunnel plus more motorway madness, OR a rapid transit light rail spine system from the Station to Miramar and the airport via the hospital and Kilbirnie. The money is committed, GW, WCC and NZTA could not get it wrong again – could they?

  6. TrevorH, 1. September 2018, 8:00

    These projects do nothing to address congestion. Wellington has fared poorly.

  7. Andy Foster, 1. September 2018, 8:23

    It’s great to see the increased focus by the Labour/NZ First /Green Government on safety and on sustainable transport. This was clearly signalled during the election campaign, and came through in the formal Government Policy Statement (GPS) a couple of months ago.
    Pretty clear that the Petone – City cycle/walkway and resilience project will have to proceed independent of Petone – Grenada now. The problem with P2G is that the expected cost has really blown out (kind of expected given the colossal amount of rock needed to be moved for the orginal proposal).
    What people seem to have missed – and Ian I think you’ve fallen into that trap, is that this is the National Land Transport Programme for just 3 years. If something is unlikely to get built in that time it won’t be in there. Think about the planning, consulting, consenting and contracting timeframes. At very best you might get sods turned and a start on any of those big LGWM type projects within that timeframe. I’d expect that serious dollars would be in the following NLTPs. If you want a longer direction than I’d have a good read of the GPS.

  8. KB, 1. September 2018, 11:05

    I think many people are underestimating the significance of the efficency gains / congestion reduction possible once the Hutt to Wellington cycleway is open. With the growing adoption of e-bikes, it is going to become a very popular mode of commute on the new much safer route: healthier, definitely cheaper (no parking or public transport costs), and at peak commute time probably faster (e-bike speeds can be as high as 30kmh)

  9. Andy Foster, 1. September 2018, 14:07

    I think you are right KB. The model to look at – more recreation than transport in their case – is the New Plymouth waterfront shared path. That has been quite transformative.

    We put in the improvements to the Hutt Rd shared path which will link in with Petone – Nguaranga and beyond that to the Hutt River trail and round the bays to Eastbourne and beyond. Need to deal properly with Thorndon Quay which will certainly be an early part of LGWM. Petone – Ngauranga though is the key piece of the puzzle. We’ve been ready and waiting for a while. Bring it on !

  10. luke, 1. September 2018, 15:09

    i cannot wait for the shared path; when will we see shovels in the ground and when will it be open? i’m used to being disappointed with this project being delayed for years.

  11. Chris Horne, 1. September 2018, 16:52

    Congratulations Minister of Transport Phil Twyford!! Your National Land Transport Programme looks set to help the city, the region and all NZ to honour Parliament’s ratification of the COP21 Paris Accord. Our ratification commits NZ to slashing greenhouse-gas emissions. In our region the opposite would happen if the proposed Petone-Grenada motorway, the Cross-Valley Link, the Levin Bypass and Four-Lanes-to-the Planes were to be built.

    Congratulations to our coalition Government for honouring our commitment to strive to reduce climate-damaging transport emissions. Labour+NZ First+Greens are putting NZ on a path towards environmental sustainability in our land transport system. They have put an end to the pre-General Election FOUR-LANES-TO-THE-PLANES mantra, and LGWM’s horrendously expensive and environmentally devastating Scenarios B and C. Truly a 21st century government! All Kiwis should feel proud and releaved.

  12. Keith Flinders, 1. September 2018, 21:28

    Ermm, Chris: The same Minister of Transport and coalition government that have decided that it is OK to not spend $10 million updating the electric locomotives on the North Island Main Trunk railway line extending their operational lives by 25 years, but instead spend $35 million on new diesel locomotives that will burn an extra 8 million litres of fossil fuel per annum ?

    A decision as equally irresponsible as not urging the GWRC to save Wellington’s emission free trolley buses.

  13. Celia Roads, 2. September 2018, 15:37

    Well said Keith.