Our vision for Wellington is to create a great harbour city that is accessible to all, with attractive places, shared streets and efficient local and regional journeys. To realise this vision, we need to move more people with fewer vehicles.
We want to make travelling by bus to the central city a faster and more reliable choice. We also want to create a better, safer environment for people walking and on bikes.
Along with other projects, the Golden Mile will play a key part in moving us towards the kind of city we want.
The Golden Mile is the heart of our city, it runs from Lambton Quay, through Willis and Manners Streets to Courtenay Place. The Golden Mile is a busy and core part of our Wellington bus network, bringing 36,000 people to, through and from the city every weekday. It’s also the city’s busiest area for people walking, with nearly 31,000 of us walking along part of it during a typical workday.
We love our busy and buzzy city centre but on a normal day, it’s also congested. Footpaths are overcrowded, buses get stuck behind cars (or have to weave around badly parked ones) and there’s not much room for people on bikes.
With 50,000-80,000 people expected to call Wellington city home within the next 30 years, we need to start fixing the problems causing congestion and crowding now.
With your help, the Golden Mile project team has been working through issues on the Golden Mile and creating a vision for how it could be better.
At the end of last year, some of you told us what changes you wanted to see along the Golden Mile. We received around 1,600 suggestions. Most of those who commented wanted private vehicles removed from the Golden Mile entirely – or some of the time, buses to be given priority, more cycle lanes, and closures of side streets. On the footpaths you wanted to reduce the crowding and clutter, and make sure people on bikes and e-scooters weren’t using them. These ideas helped us put together the concepts we’re now seeking feedback on.
We’ve come up with three different concepts to help make the Golden Mile better for people travelling by bus, walking and (in some places) biking. From concept one through to three you will see incremental changes being proposed – from a change to vehicle access, to a big transformation that completely changes the layout of the road and footpath space.
All concepts reduce the number of vehicles travelling along the Golden Mile and close access to and from some side streets. We’re proposing to consolidate bus stops to improve bus reliability and to increase space at and around bus stops – with no more than five minutes walk to a bus stop for someone walking at an average speed, no matter where they are along the Golden Mile.
We’ve looked at specific improvements for people on bikes in places where the central city cycle network will use the Golden Mile. In other parts, fewer vehicles on the road and limiting the turns onto side streets will make it safer for everyone who uses the Golden Mile.
Once we’ve agreed on a general way forward, we will move to detailed design which will include locations for pedestrian crossings and other specific improvements.