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LGWM wants a business case for fewer vehicles in the Golden Mile

Press Release – Let’s Get Wellington Moving
The first contract of Let’s Get Wellington Moving’s (LGWM) early delivery programme will be up for tender next week, a milestone for LGWM’s next phase, says Programme Director Andrew Body.

The Golden Mile business case will focus on developing a long-term plan for the Golden Mile to provide for better public transport and make it a more attractive and safer place for people to walk and visit. The Golden Mile runs from Lambton Quay to Courtenay Place. The plan will be staged, with minor improvements and trials starting next year while the business case confirms short and long-term solutions for implementation.

“The Golden Mile is an incredible asset for the city and the region. It’s our high street, where we meet, and the main route for buses bringing people into the central city. We’re determined to make the Golden Mile even better and reflect the kind of city people have told us they want,” says Mr Body.

The tender documents state that the project must enable a positive impact for businesses on the Golden Mile and limit the impact of construction on those businesses.

“Our team are really clear that we need to ensure everyone – the public, businesses, property owners and transport users – can help shape this project as it develops.

“As part of the work, we’ll be asking the community what improvements they’d like to see on the Golden Mile to improve bus reliability, and to make it a more attractive and safer place for people walking and on bikes. Feedback will help guide detailed options which we’ll take to the community in mid-2020.

“The long-term plan will include changes to the layout of street space to help more people travel along the Golden Mile in fewer vehicles. Over time, you could see signal improvements, bus stop improvements, wider footpaths, and more high-quality spaces for people to enjoy,” says Mr Body.

On a typical day, an estimated 37,000 people travel into part of the Golden Mile on buses, nearly 30,000 people walk and more than 500 people are on bikes. Approximately 6,000 people travel some of the Golden Mile in cars.

The Golden Mile business case contract is expected to be awarded in October. Investigation of Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road public transport, cycling and walking improvements will follow, with a contract awarded before the end of the year.

“With all partners approving the next phase of LGWM, we’re now gearing up for delivery. We need to make a start now on moving more people with fewer vehicles. Getting detailed investigations, such as the Golden Mile, underway is the first step to help improve how people move into and around the city.

“The early delivery programme will help prepare our city for the changes to come when we move into construction of the larger components of the programme, such as mass transit,” says Mr Body.

LGWM’s vision is to build a great harbour city, accessible to all, with attractive places, shared streets, and efficient local and regional journeys. To realise LGWM’s vision, the programme is focused on moving more people with fewer vehicles.

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  1. Traveller, 15. August 2019, 15:30

    Another report? They’re commissioning another report? They want to ask people what they want … again? They won’t even have any options till the middle of next year? And then there’ll be more consultation?

  2. Morris Oxford, 15. August 2019, 15:55

    The aim to have “fewer vehicles” has already been achieved with the new bus policy.
    Please let us have more buses, more frequent buses and more reliable buses. Is this too much to ask?

  3. greenwelly, 15. August 2019, 16:28

    We will have some “options” by mid 2020 !!! I give up, I really do. It’s clear that removing private cars from the golden mile is the outcome, why do they need a dance of 40 consultations to get there? With delays like this, LGWM is rapidly burning through what public goodwill remains towards it.

  4. Andrew, 15. August 2019, 16:59

    Analysis paralysis, feature creep, design by committee… any I am missing? I guess this is what happens when you get three organisations together, each of which has exhibited some pretty weak leadership in their own right.

  5. Conor Hill, 15. August 2019, 17:07

    This is bleak.

  6. Curtis Antony Nixon, 15. August 2019, 17:14

    In today’s modern world it is an anachronism to refer to the Golden “Mile”. New Zealand adopted the metric measurement system in 1972 for God’s sake!
    LGWM and all others commenting about the stretch of road from the Embassy Theatre to Parliament should please refer to the Golden 1.6 kilometers from now on.

  7. Ms Green, 15. August 2019, 19:37

    I simply do not understand what difference a so-called “ business case” for the Golden Mile will make to improving the reliability of buses and making it more attractive and safer (was it not safe?). Why don’t they just get on with doing it?

  8. Grease trap, 15. August 2019, 20:03

    Every day LGWM sounds more and more like a make work scheme for council officers and their preferred contractors. It’s no wonder everything costs a fortune and takes forever in this city after they’ve all clipped the ticket along the way.

  9. Mason, 16. August 2019, 7:29

    It’s a go nowhere town, firmly entrenched in car dependant 1950s thinking. Urban sprawl and multi billion dollar motorways. ‘If I can’t park my car directly outside the shop the shop will go bust’ mentality.

  10. Keith Flinders, 16. August 2019, 8:41

    How many millions will be spent on consultants to come up with a business case ? Just another delaying tactic. What we really want is an engineering approach to come up with a solution, and one that looks ahead of the needs of several years hence too.

    The Golden 1.6 kms needs to cater for the 67,000 bus users and walkers, thus making it an ideal corridor for light rail if it ever eventuates.

  11. glen, 16. August 2019, 10:00

    You only need to look at the downturn in Lambton Quay etc after fewer carparks/increased charges. I havent shopped there for a couple of years, will spend my money where I can get to in a car.

  12. Casey, 16. August 2019, 10:57

    As one who was once joined at the hip to my car, I do now enjoy catching the bus to the CBD, not anxiously hoping to get a car park, not feeding a meter, and not worrying about the time. Much more relaxed shopping and socialising.

    Worst aspect is being assaulted by the hundreds of diesel buses with their noise and air pollution. Twas so much better before the idiotic decision to remove the trolley buses.

  13. Rich, 16. August 2019, 14:40

    It would be great if that whole length was pedestrians only. It would become such an attractive area, shops, cafes, bars etc. There will still be those horrible malls for people who have to drive everywhere, just a 15 minute trip on the motorway away.

  14. John Rankin, 16. August 2019, 15:19

    If I had a magic wand, I’d wish for LGWM to establish a citizens’ assembly to come up with a Golden Mile blueprint. Convene 100 randomly-selected Wellingtonians, present the evidence LGWM has gathered and the options it has identified, then work with the assembly to recommend a preferred option and implementation plan.

    I put it to LGWM that a Golden Mile Citizens’ Assembly would produce a better, more durable result, more quickly and at less cost, than what LGWM currently proposes to do. Would a tender response proposing this approach get serious consideration?

  15. Gillybee, 16. August 2019, 15:22

    Where are McPhail and Gadsby when you need them???

  16. Jane C, 16. August 2019, 15:42

    Gillybee: I think the comedians are at work in the election process and campaign promises. Doing the same thing over and over again expecting change…now is that intelligent or insanity? And is it bold or stupid to keep voting for the Council again and again year after year when you know there is no transparency and an unsavory agenda.

  17. Concerned Wellingtonian, 16. August 2019, 16:51

    A most ominous quote from Item 9 on GWRC’s Agenda for its meeting next Wednesday: “Based on an analysis of data from February/March 2019, officers do not consider that the current timetables will be able to perform well in February/March 2020.”
    Blinding stuff – that’s what we have been telling them for over a year.