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Minimising traffic in CBD, making public transport more reliable

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From the insights we’ve gained so far from all the surveys and feedback, 12 draft guiding principles have been developed. These urban design and transport principles will be used as the basis for planning and assessing potential solutions. We’ll be seeking community feedback on preferred options early next year.

1. Accessible, healthy and safe
Be socially inclusive and recognise the personal safety, access and health needs of all. Through a transport system that meets the varied access needs of people of all demographics across the region, wherever they need to travel.

2. Better public transport
Significantly enhance public transport and increase its use. Through improvements in the level of service across all public transport to make it easier to get around the region.

3. Clean and green
Improve environmental outcomes for the city and the region. Through a transport system that that respects nature and makes a positive contribution to environmental improvement.

4. Compact city
Reclaim urban space to support a compact and liveable city. Through a transport system that minimises traffic in the CBD and ensures ease of access to facilities, entertainment and jobs.

5. Demand and supply
Recognise that we need to do more than just build infrastructure and consider a range of ways to manage travel demand and supply across the network. Through a transport system that has a range of costs and incentives in place to encourage change in network use.

6. Future-proof and resilient
Provide a transport system that is adaptable and future-proofed for urban growth and resilient to natural hazards and climate change. Planning for the impact that social, economic and technological change may have on travel and lifestyle preferences and recognising the role of transport services in encouraging urban development where we want it.

7. Past, present, future
Respect the importance of character and heritage in New Zealand’s capital city. Through a transport system that ensures infrastructure developments are integrated with their built environment.

8. Predictable travel times
Significantly reduce the impact of congestion on journey time predictability for all, at all times. All includes commuters, tourists, movers of freight, tradespeople and anyone travelling to or from the hospital or airport at any time.

9. Set in nature
Ensure that Wellington city remains safe and attractive, set in nature and connected to the harbour.

10. Growth
Encourage continued economic growth and support population growth and intensification of Wellington city as the economic engine of the region. Through a transport system that provides opportunities for residents and businesses to support the desired growth.

11. Travel choice
Provide better transport choices for the region. In alignment with the sustainable transport hierarchy in the Wellington Urban Growth Plan and the Regional Land Transport Plan.

12. Wider view
Recognise that there is a wide range of benefits to be realised from integrating urban form and transport thinking, and that increased value should not be measured by cost alone.

Draft: Process Principles

We will:

Listen and learn, and be informed and guided by evidence, including smart data approaches
Be bold, aspirational and innovative
Be open, transparent and communicate in plain English
Respect the range of views in the community
Adopt best practice urban design and transport standards
Seek win wins where possible
Be transparent about how trade-offs are made

Save the Basin welcomes the 12 principles


  1. Ian Apperley, 1. July 2016, 18:44

    *Sigh* This is wonderful, aspirational, and inspiring information that we’ve seen before. At the point where decisions have to be made, selective body parts are put on the line, and the Council machines are put into action… It will fail. We need a new way to do this.

  2. luke, 1. July 2016, 21:27

    duplicate the terrace tunnel & pedestrianise the golden mile.

  3. Concerned Wellingtonian, 2. July 2016, 7:21

    It is ridiculous to be delaying the duplication of the Victoria Tunnel, about the same as the excuses for doing nothing for such ages about the Town Hall.

  4. Andrew, 2. July 2016, 13:33

    Tunnel from the top of Vivian St, coming out north of the badminton hall on Mt Vic, or even further east. Take all the eastern suburb-motorway traffic out of the city picture.

  5. The City is Ours, 3. July 2016, 13:09

    In January the Council received a safety audit of the Golden Mile ordered after the inquest into the death of a jogger struck by a Gowellington bus in Willis Street in 2011. Serious safety concerns are still held for pedestrians crossing between Mercer and Boulcott Street mid-block. The audit asked for the speed limit to be reduced to 20 kpm on the Golden Mile for safety reasons and it would be faster to walk in that case. Public safety is paramount short of pedestrianizing the Golden Mile.

  6. SG, 4. July 2016, 10:09

    These are just vague enough for everyone to agree with. I agree with Ian — once it comes down to actual decisions, they will likely fall apart, especially without clearer principles to guide said decisions.