Our proposal and projects

We want a safe, efficient and reliable transport system that helps reduce congestion and pollution. We're putting forward a proposal for consultation, and we also want your feedback on a range of projects that are at different stages of development.

For a full description, read our consultation document (2MB PDF) | text version (118KB TXT) | accessible PDF (979KB PDF) | text version (1.4MB Word).

Rates impact and financial information

There are two options. Supporting our proposal means an increase in our levels of service. Not supporting it means keeping our current levels of service.

Our proposal

Cycling Master Plan (accelerated delivery)


We propose to deliver our Cycling Master Plan sooner by rolling it out in 20 years rather than 35. This includes a proposal for $72.6 million of capital investment over the next 10 years. Of the $72.6 million, we expect a contribution from the NZ Transport Authority (NZTA) of around $33 million. This project relates to cycling improvements outside the city centre only.

The work includes the following:

  • Years 1-3: Completing the Urban Cycleway Improvement plans, including Hutt Road, Evans Bay, Cobham Drive, Kilbirnie and Miramar, starting The Parade redesign and the Berhampore, Newtown and Mt Cook network, and engagement on projects to be completed in years 4-10.
  • Years 4-10: Evans Bay stage 2, Newtown, Brooklyn, and Miramar Avenue stage 2.
  • Years 10+: Completion of the network, including routes to and networks within Wadestown, Ngaio, Khandallah, Johnsonville, Newlands, Tawa, and Middleton Road, and the Great Harbour Way around the south coast.
  • A contribution of $5 million of funding towards the Great Harbour Way project, which is being led by NZTA.
Artist impression: proposed Evans Bay 2-way bike path shared by cyclists, pedestrians and vehicles.

The Evans Bay cycleway is part of our Cycling Master Plan, which we are proposing to deliver sooner.

Further reading

Introduction of weekend parking fees


We propose to replace free on-street parking in the city centre during the weekend with discounted ($2.50 per hour) user pays weekend parking fees.

We hope this will encourage increased use of public transport and more active modes of transport in the central city in the weekend.

We're proposing to start charging weekend parking fees in the central city.

Other projects

Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM)


Through this programme, which we’re delivering in partnership with Greater Wellington Regional Council and the NZ Transport Agency, we’ve engaged with the community on scenarios to improve all forms of transport in the city.

The community was consulted on four scenarios in late 2017.

We're working in partnership to improve all forms of transport in the city.

Further reading

Transport-related initiatives


These supporting initiatives total $111.9 million over 10 years. They are:

  • carrying out renewal- and resilience-related roading projects such as retaining walls, viaducts, rock bluff stabilisation – $60.2 million
  • renewing and upgrading bus shelters – $2.4 million
  • implementing a programme of bus priority improvements – for example, bus advance signals to allow buses to beat the traffic at traffic lights could be introduced into areas such as the Golden Mile (between the Railway Station and Kent/Cambridge Terraces), Karori, Victoria, Willis and Taranaki streets and Adelaide Road – $36.0 million
  • introducing safer speed limits – $13.2 million.

Strengthening transport infrastructure is an important part of improving the city's resilience.

Rates impact and financial information

This financial information relates specifically to the initiatives listed as part of our proposal. It does not consider the costs of the other projects because these are at different stages of development.

For the Cycling Master Plan, by year 10 this would add:

  • 3.4 percent or $18.3 million of additional borrowings (after $33 million of anticipated funding by the NZ Transport Authority and $26.3 million of debt repayment)
  • $24 (1 percent) to the average annual rates bill (equivalent to an average increase of $2.42 per year) over the 10 years.

For the weekend parking fees, to offset any resulting parking revenue losses, a special rate (Downtown Targeted Rate) of $1.4 million is currently charged to city centre businesses. This will be removed and a parking charge of $2.50 per hour introduced in the city centre during the weekend. There is no impact to rates and borrowings.