Saturday, December 4

The Let’s Get Wellington Moving project offers four public transport options

Faster commuting in the capital is one step closer with the launch of four mass rapid transit options under the multi-million dollar Let’s Get Wellington Moving project.

Mount Victoria Tunnel

The Let’s Get Wellington Moving project has proposed four options to improve public transportation.
Photo: CC BY 2.0

The options, now available for public consultation, could allow the construction of up to 21,000 more homes with 500 fewer cars on the road during peak hours.

The first option includes light rail to the south coast via the boardwalk, Cambridge Terrace and Wellington Hospital, with priority bus lanes through a new Mount Victoria tunnel that reaches the eastern suburbs and the airport.

The existing Hataitai bus tunnel would remain for local bus routes and the basin reserve would no longer be a roundabout, with the Arras tunnel expanded.

Option two is the same, except that the mass rapid transit option to the south coast would be buses, not light rail.

The additional tunnel would allow for a dedicated walking and biking trail for both options.

Option three brings the light rail route to the south coast, with bus priority through the existing bus-only tunnel for the eastern suburbs. The changes in the Basin Reserve remain the same as in options one and two.

Option four changes the south coast light rail route slightly, going up Taranaki Street instead of Cambridge Terrace, but leaves mass rapid transit to the eastern suburbs via the same priority bus lanes.

Option four is the only option to leave Basin Reserve as a roundabout, but includes improvements to the design and intersection with Adelaide Road.

The latter options have the new Mount Victoria Tunnel running parallel to the existing tunnel, while the first two have it “diagonal” from Paterson Street to the top of Wellington Road or parallel to the existing tunnel.

The exact alignment would be investigated in the next phase of the plan.

Acting program director David Dunlop said the project was a “once in a generation opportunity.”

“Our goal is to build a world-class capital to be proud of with beautiful and safe streets for new homes and businesses to thrive. We won’t need to use our cars as often in order to reduce our carbon emissions.”

Dunlop said the mass rapid transit plans would result in the construction of up to 21,000 more homes by facilitating access to the city center from the outer suburbs.

The options are expected to make trips from Island Bay to Wellington train station 12 minutes shorter, trips from Miramar to the station 14 minutes shorter, and a trip from the airport to the train station would be shortened. in eight minutes.

The detailed designs of the options will be published once the LGWM has received feedback on the options.

The inquiry about incentives to get more people out of their cars would also come in the future, including congestion charges.

Wellington City Mayor Andy Foster urged residents to consider the options along with the district’s draft plan and the council’s bike network plan.

The consultation on the current phase lasts six weeks, with events open to the public online and throughout the city.

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