What is this programme all about?

It’s about finding improvements to the way the city looks, feels and functions and how transport can support the kind of city we want, allow for future growth, and make it easy to get around.

It’s also about making sure people can get to regional services and facilities, including the hospital, port, and airport.

What geographical area does this programme cover?

The part of the city we are looking at stretches from Ngauranga through to the Wellington Hospital and International Airport. It includes connections to the central city, waterfront, western, eastern and southern suburbs.

Is this project important if I don’t live in Wellington city?

Wellington city is the region’s largest centre and many people who live outside Wellington city travel to and through the city for work, for leisure, to shop and to visit facilities like the airport and hospital. What happens in Wellington city has an impact on people and communities throughout the region. So wherever you live, we are interested in your needs too.

What problem is this work seeking to address?

We’ve asked people throughout the Wellington region to help us understand the problems and opportunities by telling us their experiences.

We know that there are lots of things that people love about living, working and visiting our capital city. We also know that there are things that make moving around Wellington frustrating and difficult.

We have used what you told us during April and May 2016 to develop some guiding urban design and transport principles. There will be trade-offs to consider in any proposed solution, so it’s great that we have heard so many different perspectives, and from so many people.     

When will we see improvements happen? 

We are very mindful of the need to get things moving in Wellington city. But sometimes you have to slow down to go faster.

Before jumping to solutions, we needed to take time to work together to make sure we understand the problems and opportunities. We have analysed all you’ve told us and used your feedback to develop some urban design and transport principles. These principles will help our team develop different scenarios that reflect what you’ve said is important. They’ll also form the basis of criteria we’ll use to assess these scenarios. 

It’s too early to say when any improvements might happen, and what these might look like, but we’ll keep you updated as things progress.

How does this work fit with what we’ve already agreed we want for Wellington City in the future?

A number of documents collectively set the vision for the city, and were developed with help and feedback from Wellingtonians. Wellington Towards 2040: Smart Capital is a broad description of the city we are aiming to create with four main goals – to be a people-centred city, connected city, eco-city and to have a dynamic central city. The Urban Growth Plan and Wellington City’s 10-year plan show how the 2040 vision will be translated into action.

Improvements to the way the city looks, feels and functions and the way transport supports this are critical to achieving this vision, so this project, and community involvement with it, are key to the city's future.

How does this work fit with other transport projects between Ngauranga and the Airport?

Some transport improvements are already under way or have recently been completed. For example, the upgrade of the Ngauranga Gorge to Aotea Quay section of Wellington’s urban motorway - New Zealand’s first ever ‘smart motorway’ - was completed in mid-2016.

Other planned transport projects will continue to be progressed outside the Let’s Get Wellington Moving programme, such as the Ngauranga to Aotea Quay Cycleway along the Hutt Road, Integrated Fares and Ticketing for public transport and the new Wellington City Bus Network.

Some projects, like Bus Rapid Transit, widening Mt Victoria Tunnel and Ruahine Street and the widening of the Terrace Tunnel will be considered as an integrated part of the Let’s Get Wellington Moving programme. A number of other key projects such as the upgrade of Kent/Cambridge Terrace and the new cycle network through the central city and to the southern suburbs will inform/be informed by the Let’s Get Wellington Moving programme.

How can I have my say or share my ideas?

More than 10,000 people have joined the conversation via this website, a phone survey, face-to-face meetings, street polls and research panels.

In late May and June 2016, we analysed all you told us and used your feedback to develop some guiding urban design and transport principles

What is urban design?

Urban design is design that seeks to create desirable places for people to live, work and play. It involves the design and placement of buildings, roads, rail, open spaces, towns and cities. It focuses on the relationship between buildings and structures, land use and open space, natural features and human activity. Good urban design creates spaces that function well, have a distinctive identity and visual appeal.

What are guiding urban design and transport principles used for?

Let’s Get Wellington Moving guiding urban design and transport principles have been informed by the thoughts and opinions of over 10,000 residents from across Wellington region, as well as planning, design and transport experts. Their purpose is to guide and encourage us to look wider than just the transport network for solutions. They point us to the people, places, land and sea that surround us for inspiration and answers.  These principles will also form the basis of assessment criteria for potential solutions.