Part B: Our work in detail

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We want a safe, efficient and reliable transport system.



A good transport system should do more than just move people and goods efficiently. It should benefit people’s overall quality of life, support economic productivity, help create healthy urban neighbourhoods that are people focused, and reduce the city’s carbon emissions.

In this section

This section includes what’s changing since we released Our 10-Year Plan, other key projects coming up, key performance measures and what it costs. There are two groups of activities in this section:

7.1 Transport.

7.2 Parking.


Snapshot. 885km pedestrian paths. 31.3km cycleways. 14,500 LED street lights. 11,000 pedestrians entering the Central Business District everyday (on an average weekday – pedestrian cordon survey 2017/18). 53% residents who believe that parking enforcement is fair.

What we do – an overviewTop

What’s changing and whyTop

Parking: We need to make the best use of our limited street space and want to encourage more people to walk, cycle or ride public transport, instead of using private vehicle transport and parking. Therefore we are making several changes to our parking service, these are:

These changes will make sure those who use our parking services continue to pay for it. They will also support our goals for the city to encourage greater use of public transport and active modes of transport. For details of these fees and maps of parking zones, please refer to Part C: Financial information – Fees and user charges.

Cycling masterplan: Several projects designed to make things easier and safer for people on bikes and on foot will continue throughout 2019/20, as part of our cycleways programme. These include:

While we expect to see the projects above taking shape, or being completed in 2019/20, more design work and community engagement is required to decide how to provide safer bike routes in Berhampore, Newtown and Mount Cook.

We aim to secure as much Government support as we can for work in the south. So on the advice of the NZ Transport Agency, we will plan all the connections between the south coast and the city and seek funding for the whole lot in one go, including the planned redesign of The Parade in Island Bay.

This means construction on the following projects may not begin until 2020/21:

Our work programme in 2019/20Top

Bus shelters: We will work with Greater Wellington Regional Council to prioritise and add bus shelters to our network. New shelters are prioritised based on several factors including how many and how frequently people board a bus, the weather and exposure, distance between stops/shelters, and customer requests. We’re doubling the budget for bus shelters in 2019/20 which will allow us to progress more of the new shelters from our list.

Variable messaging signs (VMS): We will purchase five new electronic signs to be used across the network to help people plan their journey and inform them of potential hazards. They can, for example, be used to warn people of construction works or events that may disrupt their journey.

Safer roads – minor safety improvements and safer speeds: We have allocated $1.3 million per year towards initiatives that deliver road safety benefits. The programme is developed using a risk-based prioritisation process and may be adapted as safety issues arise. The following are likely to progress in 2019/20:

Transport resilience: Parts of the transport network are on steep hills that require substantial retaining structures and tunnels. The network is also susceptible to damage from storm events. Strengthening our infrastructure and clean-ups following storms remain the focus. The projects that will be progressed in 2019/20 include Ngaio Gorge rock bluffs, the Chaytor Street retaining wall in Karori and improvements to the Northland tunnel.

Looking aheadTop

Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM): This is a joint initiative between Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council, and the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) to develop a transport system that supports the public’s aspirations for how the city looks, feels, and functions.

In May 2019 the Government announced the LGWM Indicative Package and committed to support the $6.4 billion plan for this transformational project over two decades.

The programme partners are now working on the next steps for the LGWM programme, as follows:

Council will consider these issues over the coming months.  We expect to be able to cover our share of the expenditure in 2019/20 from existing budgets and will reconsider budget impacts in future annual and long-term plans, once our share of the programme is confirmed. To find out more, visit the LGWM project website

Petone to Grenada link: The Petone to Grenada project was one of several transport projects re-evaluated by the NZTA to align it with the new priorities set out in the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport (GPS). The NZTA re-evaluation found that the need for improved east-west connections generally aligns with the Government’s priorities, but that the Petone to Grenada link road in its previously proposed form may not proceed.

The re-evaluation report recommends that the NZTA further investigates how best to improve resilience, safety, and east-west transport choice. This means taking a step back and ensuring other east-west options across the state highway network (the triangle formed by SH1, SH2 and SH58) are considered. The timing of this work will depend on funding availability and other nationwide funding priorities. In endorsing the recommendations, the NZTA Board has noted that a link road is required, but funding will be considered at a later date. The re-evaluation recommended that construction of an east-west connection be considered for funding from 2028. This NZTA-led project is expected to unlock more access to the Lincolnshire development in Horokiwi.

Cycling masterplan: Over the next 10 years and beyond, Wellington City Council is partnering with NZTA and central government to deliver a fully connected cycle network throughout Wellington. By 2028 the cycle network is expected to have connections developed to the south, through Newtown, Berhampore and Island Bay, and to the outer eastern suburbs, including Miramar, and Strathmore Park. NZTA is expected to develop a connection to the Hutt Valley. Karori, Highbury, Kelburn and Brooklyn will all become part of the network. Safer connections from Johnsonville, Newlands, Churton Park and Tawa will be added from the north, and Thorndon and the CBD are expected to be improved as part of the LGWM programme.

What it costsTop

2019/20 Annual Plan $000
Operating expenditure 87,128
Capital expenditure 58,107

Measuring our performanceTop

We use performance measures to track how well we are delivering services against targets. The following represents the groups of measures we have for each group of activities. For details of individual performance measures and targets, see Detailed performance information in Part D: Appendices.

We also have outcome indicators to monitor progress toward desired results for the city. These indicators are at least partly out of our control. For these indicators, please refer to Our 10-Year Plan on our website,

Rationale What we measure Activities
7.1 Transport network
  • So our transport networks are reliable.
  • To increase mode share and reduce emissions.
  • For road safety.
  • Network condition and maintenance.
  • Active modes promotion.
  • Network safety.
  • Network efficiency and congestion.
  • Public transport enablement.
  • Wellington Cable Car Limited performance (7 measures).
  • 7.1.1 Transport planning.
  • 7.1.2 Vehicle network.
  • 7.1.3 Cycle network.
  • 7.1.4 Passenger transport network.
  • 7.1.5 Pedestrian network.
  • 7.1.6 Network-wide control and management.
  • 7.1.7 Road safety.
7.2 Parking
  • To enable people to shop, work and access recreation activities.
  • Efficiency.
  • Equity.
  • Availability.
  • 7.2.1 Parking.