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Repeating the questions: consultation on making Golden Mile more “people friendly”

News from LGWM
Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM) is seeking feedback from the community on two projects – lower speed limits in the central city, and what’s needed to create a more people-friendly Golden Mile. Both projects are seeking community input from today.

“We’re asking for feedback on a proposal to lower the speed limit to 30 km/h in the central city (excluding main roads), and how the Golden Mile (Lambton Quay to Courtenay Place) could be improved for people using buses, walking and on bikes,” said LGWM programme director Andrew Body.

“Let’s Get Wellington Moving’s programme was developed with input from 10,000 Wellingtonians. As we move into the planning, design and delivery phase, we’re determined to ensure everyone – the public, businesses, property owners and transport users – can help shape individual projects.

“On the Golden Mile, we’re asking how we can make it a more attractive and safer place for people walking and on bikes, while also improving the reliability of bus journeys. Some improvements might be things we can trial, be part of permanent changes we can roll out early next year, or inform the long-term plan we’ll seek feedback on next year.

“The Golden Mile is the heart of our city. To make it even better, we want to hear what’s working well, and what’s not, from the wide range of people who use it,” says Mr Body.

Central Wellington has the highest number of pedestrians in the country. With around 80,000 people travelling into the city each weekday, most finish their commute on foot – such as the 4,500 people who walk along Featherston Street on a typical weekday morning. The speed limit on some city streets (Lambton, Willis, Courtenay) has been 30km/h since 2010. The safer speeds in the central city project proposes lowering the speed limit on remaining central city streets (except main roads) to 30km/h.

“We’re asking for feedback on our proposal to lower the speed limit on central city streets (except main roads) to 30 km/h. The central city is one of our fastest-growing residential neighbourhoods, and home to 40 percent of the region’s jobs. We want to make it more pleasant and liveable, so people feel safer walking and biking. If people need to drive into the central city, we want to ensure they’re going at a speed that reflects the liveable city people told us they want.

“We want to give a clear steer where through-traffic should go. So, we’re proposing leaving the main roads (the waterfront quays, Cable and Wakefield streets, Kent and Cambridge terraces, Vivian Street and Karo Drive) at 50 km/h.

“It’s important different speed zones are easy for road users to understand and follow. That’s why we’re proposing 30 km/h on city streets and 50 km/h on the main roads through the city. Once we’ve got feedback on our proposal, we’ll come back to the community early next year and consult on a recommended change,” says Mr Body.

The two projects are key parts of LGWM’s early delivery programme. They will start changing how our streets work, make Wellington a better place to be, and help prepare the city for larger changes to come in LGWM’s integrated programme, such as mass transit and highway improvements.

“We need to make a start now on moving more people with fewer vehicles,” Mr Body said.

Both projects are seeking feedback until 15 December. Go to lgwm.nz/goldenmile and lgwm.nz/saferspeeds for more information and to have your say.

LGWM is a partnership between the Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council, and the NZ Transport Agency. 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 this vision, the programme is focused on moving more people with fewer vehicles.


  1. Traveller, 7. November 2019, 10:10

    I thought that during all the years of LGWM consultation we had already told them clearly what we want for the Golden Mile. We were all agreed. Why do they want us to repeat our answers?

  2. LGWConsulting, 7. November 2019, 10:22

    Traveller – so all the consultants and hangers on can clip the ticket again. It’s how we roll in NZ and why it costs an absolute fortune to achieve anything.

  3. Ian Apperley, 7. November 2019, 10:30

    “Consultation.” Here we go again. Pointless given someone is just likely to write a letter if they don’t like the outcome. That is if the outcome is not already decided.

  4. greenwelly, 7. November 2019, 10:53

    We don’t need to “comment on the Vision.” We spent 4 years with LGWM commenting on “Vision.” The devil is always in the detail, so how about LGWM actually present a proposal. The hard work is what happens at Courtenay Place, that’s where 90% of the car parking, and where the bus lanes wander like a drunken sailor from one side of the road to the other.

    The proposed timetable is a joke, taking a year to identify a preferred option is just another example of how broken this process has become..
    Late 2019 – Have your say on the vision
    Early 2020- Minor improvements and trials begin
    Mid 2020 – Have your say on options
    Late 2020- Preferred option identified
    From 2021- Delivery of the preferred option begins

  5. PCGM, 7. November 2019, 11:02

    LGWConsulting – It’s how we roll in Wellington, rather than NZ. Up the road in Auckland, there are two competitive light rail funding proposals on the table and a decision is expected on the winner next year, so that everything can be confirmed before the next election. In Auckland, the purpose of consultants seems to be to get decisions made, whilst in Wellington their purpose seems to be to avoid decisions being made.

  6. Northland, 7. November 2019, 20:16

    We need action, not more talk-fest. It’s so sad to see Wellington paralysed by this malaise of endless consultation and feedback loops. Where has Absolutely Positively Wellington gone? The same place as our Central Library and the Civic Square Ferns Orb Sculpture. GONE.
    Come on Andy Foster! Break the mould, get the wheels turning again.

  7. TrevorH, 7. November 2019, 21:17

    @ Ian. Yes indeed LGWM has proven to be a waste of everybody’s time. Why is it continuing with the charade?

  8. Neil Douglas, 8. November 2019, 9:11

    TrevorH – LGWM continues because it gives NZTA/WCC/GWRC and all the consultants something to do.

  9. Talk Wellington, 15. November 2019, 9:48

    How best can we make the Golden Mile not just “better”, but actually a delightful place to be? … When you’re filling in some comments on the map thingy on the engagement site, don’t be too anchored on what we know. It’s hard, but be inspired! Say how you’d like to feel, be descriptive, say the outcome you want.

  10. Richard Harford, 6. December 2019, 8:32

    As a retailer on Lambton Quay for over thirty years, I would support a closing of the Quay to cars from Brandon Street South. From that point north the Quay is too wide to close and the side streets feeding into the quay enable a flow of cars for our customers’ convenience. The flow of buses could be one way only – either north or south, also from Brandon Street.