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More people, fewer vehicles in LGWM transport plan


News from LGWM
The government has announced the indicative package for Let’s Get Wellington Moving including a central government funding commitment. We welcome and support the announcement.

This provides support for us to deliver a step-change in transport to support the city and region’s growth, and realise much of our vision, while being affordable within long-term transport funding priorities. The indicative package is yet to be considered or endorsed by the LGWM programme partners, who will be responsible for committing funding to the LGWM programme.

We’ve released four core documents that outline our vision for Wellington, the context of our growing region and transport challenges, the programme of investment we recommended to address those challenges and realise our vision, and the way forward now the indicative package and funding commitment have been announced.


To realise our vision we need to move more people with fewer vehicles.

Our vision for Wellington is a great harbour city, accessible to all, with attractive places, shared streets, and efficient local and regional journeys.


Our central city is the core of a growing region. But growth – constrained by our hills and harbour – is creating challenges. Our transport system is approaching capacity and without major changes, it will start to undermine the very liveability and culture that is Wellington’s great strength. The community wants transport challenges addressed and supports significant change. We agree.

Read more about the challenges Wellington is facing and what people told us they’d like to see change.


Recommended Programme of Investment

Our recommended programme is ambitious and aspirational, and seeks to realise our vision. The recommended programme reflects our ambitions for improving Wellington’s transport system over the next two decades. It is a high-level, whole-of-system approach that will enable the growth of the city and the region. It seeks to integrate urban development with transport investment, and help people get around, whether you’re walking, cycling, using public transport, or driving.

At its heart, the programme seeks to deliver a multi-modal transport system that moves more people, goods and services reliably, with fewer vehicles.

Read more about our ambitious and aspirational recommended programme that seeks to realise our vision.

The Way Forward

Once the Recommended Programme of Investment was endorsed by our Governance Group, it was shared with central government due to its scale and the funding challenges it presents. Our vision and the recommended programme are ambitious. The government’s announcement provides a clear way forward and means we can now commence more detailed investigation of the elements of the indicative package and how these will work together to deliver on our objectives. While we do this work on the wider package, we need to make a start on moving more people with fewer vehicles. We’re proposing an early delivery programme to help change how we move into and around the city.

Read more about the next steps for Let’s Get Wellington Moving


  1. Fleur Fitzsimons, 16. May 2019, 10:42

    Great news for the Basin Reserve – no flyover or anything like it! A practical solution using the contours of the land. The White Ferns and Blackcaps can focus on winning test matches and Wellingtonians can keep enjoying this historic ground for cricket, other sport & events. [via twitter]

  2. Iona Pannett, 16. May 2019, 10:44

    Thank you Phil Twyford, james shaw, JulieAnne Genter, Justin Lester and all the campaigners for the big wins in Let’s Get Wellington Moving. Mass transit for Wellington, safe walking and cycling paths over new roads! It has been a long road to get there but today I’m hopeful. [via twitter]

  3. Gwynn Compton, 16. May 2019, 10:46

    Lots of asterisks about “increased rail capacity” and “further rail enhancements” in the Let’s Get Wellington Moving plan, but no detail on what that means. It’s a big gap in the plan given Transmission Gully will see plenty more cars coming into the CBD. [via twitter]

  4. Andrew, 16. May 2019, 11:13

    While it is great some work will start soon, I feel quite deflated after reading the next steps PDF.
    ‘Once the programme is endorsed by the three partners, work can begin on investigation, design, and evaluation of mass transit.’
    This is going to take years. Seriously, why has this not started already?

  5. Local, 16. May 2019, 12:09

    Pretty pictures…but will I have to wait until 2024 before my bus arrives??
    Will it still be diesel spewing?
    Love “mass transit”…but what? and by when?

  6. greenwelly, 16. May 2019, 15:37

    Hang on, let me get this right, what the government has announced today is not the complete implementation of the LGWM recommendations! LGWM recommended undergrounding the bypass through Te Aro and taking SH1 out of Vivian Street to turn it into a park…. Is LGWM muddying the waters, with its press statements, when large chunks have not been approved by the Government? This is a really weird media strategy to have two versions of the final result out in public. This version from Minister Twyford and this one from LGWM.

  7. Local, 16. May 2019, 17:03

    So many weasel words. Have I got this right – four lanes to the planes and an airport extension are proposed? And “fewer vehicles” but with the double Mt Vic tunnel to be completed before “mass transit”? Something is politically peculiar . Clarity of projects and timing is needed from the mayor.

  8. Traveller, 17. May 2019, 15:48

    They’re joking, aren’t they. State Highway 1 is unchanged – it still runs through the middle of the city, with stop/starts at Victoria Street and Cuba Street and Taranaki Street. Till they solve this mess (moving main road traffic off Vivian Street and undergrounding would have been the answer) nothing will be improving.

  9. Meredith, 17. May 2019, 21:22

    By the time anything is even started, let alone decided or completed, Phil Twyford will need to go back to the drawing board, to design mobility scooter lanes for all us (thousands) of baby boomers, given up waiting for the diesel bus. (mass rapid transit ??) That’s no joke!

  10. Kon, 18. May 2019, 7:01

    Watching TV this week and the announcement by politician’s/councillors and LGWM that they have all agreed to final solutions to Wellington’s transport woes, made me shake my head in disbelief. The election promises have started and this disgraceful bunch lined up to the cameras. This mess has been evolving over years under their watch, it will not change unless every one of them is replaced.