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NZTA confirms dates for public engagement on Wellingtontransport improvements

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The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has confirmed that detailed proposals to improve transport connections between the inner city and the eastern suburbs will be released for public comment on Saturday 2 July.

The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has confirmed that detailed proposals to improve transport connections between the inner city and the eastern suburbs will be released for public comment on Saturday 2 July.

NZTA Regional Director Central Jenny Chetwynd says this will be the first time the full set of proposals has been presented together as an integrated package, and the NZTA will ask Wellingtonians for their views on the proposals over the course of an eight week public engagement period.

Ms Chetwynd says the NZTA’s proposals will enable multi-modal transport solutions to be implemented between the CBD and the eastern suburbs. Proposals will include options for improvements to the road network around the Basin Reserve, the duplication of the Mount Victoria Tunnel, the widening of Ruahine Street and Wellington Road, and a 2.5km pedestrian and cycle facility.

“These improvements will help to relieve congestion, free up key suburban roads to enable public transport to operate more efficiently, and provide a safe and dedicated pathway for pedestrians and cyclists all the way from Cobham Drive to Karo Street,” says Ms Chetwynd.

“This will help to make Wellington a more successful and liveable city that is easier and safer to get around for everyone. The NZTA is eager to engage with Wellingtonians on these proposals, and public feedback will help guide us in making final decisions.”

Ms Chetwynd says the NZTA is working closely with Wellington City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council to ensure the improvements will advance the objectives of the Ngauranga to Airport Corridor Plan.

“These improvements form a key part of the Ngauranga to Airport Plan, which is a package of measures that will improve transport in the city by improving inner city traffic flows, facilitating the council's existing and future public transport systems and improving walking and cycling facilities in the city.”

The inner city state highway improvements will also form part of the Levin to Wellington Airport Road of National Signficance, aimed at supporting economic growth, easing congestion and improving safety on highways and local roads.

Ms Chetwynd says the delivery of these projects will be staged over time, but the NZTA will  provide people with information on all of the proposed improvements at the same time so that it is clear how they will work together to improve transport in the city.

Ms Chetwynd said during the engagement process the NZTA would outline how provisions for public transport, walking and cycling fit in with the proposed improvements to SH1.

“We’re confident that people will see that we’re taking a balanced and multi-modal approach that seeks to provide an effective transport solution for Wellingtonians while also considering the effects of these improvements on Wellington's environmental, urban amenity and cultural heritage.”

The NZTA will also release information about its investigations of other options considered but not put forward in the proposals, particularly in regards to the Basin Reserve improvements.

Ms Chetwynd says the NZTA is very mindful of the need to keep all property owners affected by the proposed transport improvements well informed.

“We are approaching all affected property owners individually to discuss these proposals before we release details for wider public engagement.”

Ms Chetwynd says a brochure will be sent to all households in Wellington City in early July outlining the proposals.

Details:

Information centre
RA Vance Stand on the Sussex Street side of the Basin Reserve

  • Open from Monday 4 July to Friday 26 August – Mondays to Fridays (10am to 3pm) except for Thursdays (3pm to 8pm).

Specific proposals in the plan:

  • Options for improvements around the Basin Reserve
  • Duplication of the Mt Victoria Tunnel
  • Widening of Ruahine Street and Wellington Road

Key features of the improvements include:

  • Creating a 2.5 kilometre pedestrian and cycle path between Cobham Drive and the Basin Reserve
  • Creating a shared accessway / service lane  for residents’ vehicles and for pedestrians and cyclists along Ruahine Street and Wellington Road
  • Separating local and through traffic on a bridge around the northern side of the Basin Reserve to improve traffic flows and improve trip times for public transport
  • Building a second Mt Victoria Tunnel to the north of the existing tunnel
  • Providing a high-quality, safe facility for pedestrians and cyclists in the new tunnel
  • Removing the dangerous right hand turn into and out of Taurima Street in Hataitai
  • Widening Ruahine Street into the strip of Town Belt on the western side of the existing road.
  • Improving access to Hataitai Park
  • Improving the intersection of Ruahine Street and Wellington Road
  • Widening Wellington Road

For more information please contact:

Anthony Frith
Media Manager – Central
T    04 894 5251
M   027 213 7617
anthony.frith@nzta.govt.nz

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