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Will $3.1billion get us moving?

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by Lindsay Shelton
When the NZTA announced yesterday that it wants to spend a “forecast investment” of $3.1billion over the next three years to get Wellington moving, it may have been acknowledging the immobility of the six-year-old “Let’s Get Wellington Moving” group (with the unfortunate name), which has had the same aim, without success.
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WCC approves ‘city streets’ improvements but they’ll take ten years to complete

The Wellington City Council today approved the first stage of the City Streets package developed by Let’s Get Wellington Moving. It includes bus priority lanes, and better spaces for walking and cycling. Read more »

Building out, not up

by Stephen Moore
The City Council and the Government are promoting construction of multi-storey high density housing throughout Wellington’s inner and outer suburbs as the solution to Wellington’s housing crisis both in terms of increasing supply and providing affordable housing. Read more »

No light at the end of this tunnel

If you’ve been wondering why LGWM seems to be continually distracted instead of making decisions to get us moving – yesterday’s news of recommendations in a (leaked) report would have confirmed your suspicions. Read more »

Crossing Cobham Drive


by Ellen Blake of Living Streets Aotearoa
I’m asking for your support of the Let’s Get Wellington Moving proposal for a new pedestrian crossing along Cobham Drive in Wellington near the airport, and for safer speeds along State Highway 1, also known as Ruahine St, Cobham Drive and Calabar Street. Read more »

How to cross the road?

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by Lindsay Shelton
What’s the best way for a pedestrian or a cyclist to cross four lanes of traffic on Cobham Drive? After some years of indecision, the people at LGWM this week came up with the answer. (And no, it’s not the dreadful design that is shown above.) Read more »

Spending our money, randomly

We’re barely past the halfway mark of the current iteration of the Wellington City Council and the hits just keep on coming. Read more »

Stuck in traffic? Promises, promises

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by Benoit Pette
Halfway through the term of our beloved City Council, it’s appropriate to check progress on the biggest promise that was made during the election, in October 2019. The hot topic was transport. So, what has been achieved and what has been stalled since the new team was elected? Read more »

What must be done, and how to do it

by Guy Marriage
Both locals and imported experts have no problem observing the problems present in Wellington – you only have to stand on a street corner for 10 minutes to observe that our city has some real issues. Read more »

A sheltered city

by Craig Palmer
The National Policy Statement on Urban Development is inappropriate for Wellington. In favouring widespread high-rise development, it steers this city towards exacerbating its climatic and seismic disadvantages. Read more »

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