Defining the problem 

Wellington is a great place to live, work and visit. However, our transport system is starting to impact on Wellington’s liveability, and its economic growth and productivity.

Wellington’s transport problems include:

  • Growing traffic congestion and unreliable journey times
  • Poor and declining levels of service
  • Safety issues, especially for cycling and walking
  • Vulnerability to disruption from unplanned events

Transport for Wellington’s future 

Based on current forecasts:

  • Over the next 30 years it is projected there will be between 22,000 and 31,000 more jobs in the Wellington City CBD, and between 50,000 to 80,000 more people living in Wellington City
  • By 2030, passenger numbers at Wellington International Airport are projected to more than double (compared to 2010)

That means more people travelling into, out of, and through central Wellington. 

Improvements are needed to make our transport system work for everyone, and make the most of what the city has to offer.

Wellington’s unique geography, compact city, and small number of transport corridors means transport challenges are complex to solve and trade-offs will be required. However, with the right mix of improvements, big gains can be made for Wellington’s future.

Key objectives

We’re working to develop a transport system that meets the following objectives:

  • Enhances the liveability of the central city
  • Provides more efficient and reliable access for users
  • Reduces reliance on private vehicle travel
  • Improves safety for all users
  • Is adaptable to disruptions and future uncertainty

An important part of Let’s Get Wellington Moving will be understanding and resolving the trade-offs that will need to be made between these objectives and other interests.