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Scenario A

What can we improve? Prioritising public transport, walking and cycling in the central city

Reducing speed limits and re-prioritising key central city streets for walking, cycling, and public transport makes travelling by bus quicker and creates a safer and more attractive environment for people on foot and on bikes.

Cost: $150 - $200 m

Time to build: 1.5 – 2.5 years



More Information


Prioritising public transport, walking and cycling in the central city.

Proposed changes:

  • Bus-only lanes from the railway station to Basin (dedicated on Golden Mile) with high priority at intersections
  • Better walking priority along key routes and at selected intersections
  • Cycle lanes along some routes connected to the north and south cycleways
  • Clearways on State Highway 1 Vivian Street to improve traffic flow
  • Changing Basin road layout to improve traffic flow. For more details see ‘What about the Basin?’
What about Mass Transit?

What about Mass Transit?

Under Scenario A, the new bus system would be improved with buses having more priority along the Golden Mile, but mass transit to the south and east would not be possible as conflicts at the Basin would remain, and there would not be an additional route through Mt Victoria.

What about the Basin?

What about the Basin?

Under Scenario A, the existing road layout at the Basin would be changed but there would be no bridges or tunnels.

The Principles

The Principles

How this scenario rates against LGWM principles:

Accessible, healthy and safe

Less traffic and slower traffic speeds in the core CBD; easier and safer to walk and cycle.

Better public transport

Quicker, more reliable public transport journeys along Golden Mile; but limited to small part of the network.

A small increase in public transport use.

Clean and green

Air quality benefits along the Golden Mile due to reduced traffic.

No significant change to greenhouse gas emission at a regional level.

Compact city

Improved walkability and more space for people - Golden Mile and Lower Cuba.

Demand and supply

Ways to manage travel demand will be considered under all scenarios.

Future-proof and resilient

No notable contribution in this area.

Past, present, future

No impact on heritage items and minimal building demolition.

Predictable travel times

Some improvement in bus reliability during peak times; but no notable change in travel time reliability overall.

Set in nature

More green space, trees and public open space in the central city.


No notable contribution in this area.

Travel choice

Public transport, walking/cycling are better options in the CBD; but reduced access for private vehicles.

Wider View

Improving the city as a place for people, and valuing the wider benefits of integrating transport and urban form is important under all scenarios.


Each scenario has been measured against the following criteria. Click below to see what the impact of this scenario could be.

  • Better urban form & amenity

    Improved public spaces along the Golden Mile

  • Less traffic in the city centre

    Morning peak: 500 to 750 (2-3%) fewer vehicles in the city centre

  • Easier to walk in the city centre

    People walking wait less time to cross roads when walking in the city centre (up to 25% reduction at Cuba/Vivian)

  • Safer & easier to cycle in the city

    People on bikes mix with less traffic and slower traffic in the city centre, with some cycle lanes

  • More people take public transport

    Morning peak: 200 to 250 (3-4%) more passengers from the south and east

  • Quicker, more reliable public transport journeys

    3 - 4 minutes (5-8%) quicker for morning peak journeys between Island Bay/Miramar and Wellington station

  • More reliable travel times by car, truck, van

    No change for journeys on SH1 between Johnsonville and Airport

  • More resilient transport network

    Small improvement in transport network delays and disruptions

  • A safer transport network

    In the CBD: Less traffic, slower speeds

  • On-street parking

    Moderate impact: Spaces affected on Golden Mile and Vivian St

  • Built environment and heritage

    No impact: On private property or heritage items

  • Emissions

    Minor impact: Fewer emissions from less inner-city traffic, but offset by congestion on some routes