We manage the transport network so it is sustainable, safe and efficient.
What we do
- Transport planning
- Vehicle network
- Passenger transport network
- Pedestrian and cycle network
- Network-wide control
- Road safety.
A well-planned, efficient transport system, which allows for the easy movement of people and goods to and through the city, is critical for economic growth and for residents’ quality of life. Between 200,000 and 300,000 people use some form of the city’s transport network every day. This number includes city residents, workers commuting from neighbouring cities, and visitors to the city.
Wellingtonians are enthusiastic users of public transport and an effective public transport network helps reduce congestion and reduces the city’s carbon emissions. A high proportion of the city’s residents walk and cycle to work instead of using private cars.
- Tunnels and Bridges Improvements – we will continue strengthening and rebuilding works for tunnels and bridges throughout the city. Many of these structures are old, with a few over 100 years old. Therefore, they require either strengthening or rebuilding to comply with the current building code, to withstand earthquakes and increased traffic loadings. This year we will complete the Hataitai Bus Tunnel strengthening work.
- Minor Safety Projects – we will continue the minor safety work programme which is aligned to NZTA Safer Journey 2010-2020 criteria that address accident black spots where fatal and serious crashes have occurred. We want to address black spot crash locations and undertake minor safety projects to reduce crashes at a variety of sites throughout Wellington. These projects will include: minor improvements; driver feedback signs; school safety; and speed limits.
- Fences & Guardrails – we will continue to build 900 metres of hand rails per year. This is required for health and safety reasons where there is a drop of more than 1 metre.
- Johnsonville roading improvements – We will continue to work with the owner of the Johnsonville Mall DNZ Ltd together with NZTA, to progress a comprehensive package of roading , traffic and transport improvements for central Johnsonville to provide for an expanded Mall and address long standing traffic safety and congestion issues around the Johnsonville triangle.
- Cycleway improvements – we will continue implementing the Tawa shared walking/cycling path project. The focus will be completing the southern section of the path connecting Redwood Station to Takapu Station. This project has the agreed funding contribution from NZTA. We have budgeted an additional $250,000 operating expenditure and $250,000 capital expenditure to explore options for improvement in the cycle network and enhancements to cycleways.
- We will continue to work with Greater Wellington Regional Council and NZTA on the Wellington Public Transport Spine Study. This study looks at the feasibility of options for a future high quality, high frequency public transport spine through central Wellington between the Wellington Railway Station and Newtown (and beyond). The next phase focuses on the three options identified previously as being light rail, bus priority and bus rapid transit.
- State Highway Projects – We will continue to work closely with NZTA on a range of state highway projects including the Basin Reserve; Memorial Park; Inner City Bypass capacity enhancements; and the Buckle Street to Cobham Drive project including Mt Victoria Tunnel duplication.
- Speed limit in CBD – we’re budgeting $40,000 to begin consultation on a possible reduction in the speed limit across the CBD (except for arterial roads).
- On 19 June 2013, the Regional Transport Committee received the report on the Public Transport Spine Study and noted that the Wellington City Council could implement bus priority measures ahead of either light rail or bus rapid transit. The Committee unanimously requested that the Wellington City Council progress the bus priority option immediately.
The Council can respond to this request by bringing forward bus priority works, so that the benefits can be realised in conjunction with other improvements to the road and transport networks. Associated with proposals to improve traffic flows at the Basin Reserve (part of the Ngauranga to Airport Corridor Plan), bus priority will include improvements to Adelaide Road as well as Kent and Cambridge Terraces. The Adelaide Road works will be in accordance with a programme that integrates the Adelaide Road Framework Plan with the needs of the public transport spine.
Council staff will be developing a work programme, which will be brought back to Council for consideration and approval, with any funding requirements identified. Capital expenditure for Adelaide Road is likely to be spread out over the 2013/14 and 2014/15 financial years with Kent and Cambridge Terraces occurring in the 2014/15 and 2015/16 years.
Measuring our performanceTop
Our targets for 2013/14 are:
- 70% of residents agree the transport system allows easy movement for vehicles around the city
- 95% of residents agree the transport system allows easy movement for pedestrians around the city
- Average peak travel times between the CBD and suburbs are maintained or improved (for travel from Miramar, Karori, Island Bay and Johnsonville)
- 36% of residents use the bus to access the central city on weekdays
- 6% of residents use a train to access the central city on weekdays
- 22% of residents access the central city by walking on weekdays
- 5% of residents use cycles to access the central city on weekdays
- An increase in the number of pedestrians and cyclists entering the CBD on weekdays from 2012/13
- 45% of primary school children walk to and from school on a daily basis.
- 1,084,400 people will travel on the Cable car
- 75% of residents rate the road and footpath network as good or very good
- 100% of urgent service requests are responded to in two hours and non-urgent within 15 days
- 70% of roads of roads meet Smooth Roads Standards (NAASRA)
- 97% of footpaths meet WCC condition standards
- 100% of street lighting for major roads meets national standards
- 85% of residents are satisfied with street lighting in the central city and 75% are satisfied with street lighting in suburban areas
- 50% of cycleway users are satisfied with cycleway safety and 60% are satisfied with maintenance
- 75% of residents agree that transport network services offer good value for money
- 90% of sea walls and retaining walls have a condition rating of 3 or better.
- Our quarry operations remain legislatively compliant
- Road casualties will be a maximum of 15.2 (per 10,000 population) for vehicles, 4 for pedestrians and 3.3 for cyclists
What it will costTop
|7.1 Transport ||Operating expenditure 2013-14 ||Capital expenditure |
|Income ||Expenditure ||Net expenditure ||Total |
|($000) ||($000) ||($000) ||($000) |
|7.1.1 - Transport planning ||(41) ||637 ||596 ||- |
|7.1.2 - Vehicle network ||(1,260) ||21,866 ||20,606 ||20,253 |
|7.1.3 - Cycle network ||(20) ||519 ||499 ||1,539 |
|7.1.4 - Passenger transport network ||(1,001) ||1,719 ||718 ||165 |
|7.1.5 - Pedestrian network ||(39) ||6,177 ||6,138 ||4,820 |
|7.1.6 - Network-wide control and management ||(2,053) ||6,432 ||4,379 ||2,140 |
|7.1.7 - Road safety ||(1,850) ||5,969 ||4,119 ||2,403 |
|2013/14 7.1 Total ||(6,264) ||43,319 ||37,055 ||31,320 |
|2012/13 7.1 Total ||(7,736) ||41,973 ||36,237 ||32,098 |