What’s our vision for Wellington?

A great harbour city, accessible to all

Accessible to all - trams, pedestrians, cars, cyclists safely utilise same space

With attractive places

Attractive Places - safe accessible recreational areas

Shared streets

Shared streets - trams, pedestrians, cars, cyclists safely utilise same space

And efficient local and regional journeys

Efficient journeys - designated lanes for public transport and cyclists

To realise our vision we need to move more people with fewer vehicles

Mass Transit, more people, fewer vehicles 

How did we get to our vision?

We started with the kind of city and region our community wants, and defined the transport system needed to enable that

The community’s urban design and transport principles

We talked to people across the region and asked them to tell us what they love about Wellington City and what frustrates them about getting around it. Around 10,000 people responded.

We used their feedback to develop 12 guiding principles we’ve used to plan and assess our programme.

Wider view, future-proof and resilient, past present future, clean and green

Set in nature, compact city, better public transport, safe and accessible

Travel choices, predictable travel times, growth, supply and demand


Our priorities for the region’s success

The LGWM partners have shared priorities for the region’s future.

Resilient, Greener, Compact, Inclusive and Connected, Vibrant and Prosperous

LGWM’s programme objectives

We used the community’s principles, alongside our shared priorities, to develop and agree objectives for the programme.

Program Objectives: liveability, access, reduce car reliance, safety, resilience


Why is change needed?

Wellington Is:

  • The world’s most liveable city 
    (Deutsche Bank Most Livable Global City 2017 and 2018)
  • NZ’s best tourism destination
    (Lonely Planet 2018)
  • The engine of the region’s economy and jobs 
  • Attracting more people to live and work here

But our transport system has:

  • Growing congestion
  • Buses and trains near capacity
  • Safety issues for walking and cycling
  • Poor resilience to unplanned events

Without significant change, the transport system will undermine Wellington's liveability and limit it's growth.


What opportunities can our vision bring?

LGWM’S vision can

Shape Wellington’s growth
by improving accessibility to encourage greater urban density, and supporting higher residential, employment, and commercial opportunities along the mass transit corridor

Create more attractive and safer city streets 
through less traffic, slower speeds, less noise and air pollution, and a better urban environment 

Improve travel choices
to provide safe, convenient, attractive, and reliable journeys

Support greater productivity
through more reliable and predictable journey times, so people can use their time better and freight efficiencies can be unlocked

Improve community health and wellbeing
through better safety and more people walking, cycling and using public transport

Support better environmental outcomes
through more people using low emission transport – walking, cycling, and public transport - and by delivering a more compact city where more destinations can be reached by these modes

Shaping Welingtons Growth


What’s our strategic approach?

We need to move more people with fewer vehicles

Make the most of what we have

  • Optimise the transport system and make it safer
  • Encourage people to walk, cycle, and use public transport more, and use cars less

Deliver a step change in public transport

  • Substantially improve public transport capacity, quality and performance
  • Encourage urban intensification near public transport

Improve journeys to, from and in the central city

  • Prioritise people walking, cycling, and using public transport on key corridors
  • Improve accessibility and amenity of places and streets
  • Ensure goods and services journeys are reliable

Improve journeys through and around the central city

  • Reduce conflicts between different transport users and traffic flows
  • Increase the resilience and reliability of our transport corridors, especially to the hospital, port, and airport

Strategic Approach


How will we know we’ve achieved our vision?

We have developed key performance indicators (KPIs) to assess the performance of our programme. The main KPIs are shown below.

Key performance indicators & Assessment

AmenityThe quality of the urban environment, including green space, urban design, traffic volumes/speeds and pedestrian space

Carbon emissionsTransport-related CO2 emissions in the central city

Urban development potentialOpportunities for urban development and value uplift

Travel time reliabilityThe reliability of travel time by different modes to key regional destinations

Network catchment
The number of people living within 30 mins of key destinations

System occupancyThe ratio of people travelling to the central city (by all modes) against the number of private vehicles

Level of service walkingDelays for people walking in the central city

Level of service ridingThe quality of cycling facilities

Safety for walking and cyclingThe safety benefits for people walking and cycling in and around the central city

Network resilienceNetwork resilience to disruption caused by large-scale natural hazards