Lets Get Wellington Moving



Work starts on Thorndon Quay – September 2023

Last month, Wellington City Councillors’ agreed to proceed with changes to Thorndon Quay.  The changes reflect the number of people commuting, living, shopping, using services and working along this busy route and is consistent with Council policy. Changes include:

  • a peak hour bus lane for city-bound commuters to reduce congestion,
  • a two-way cycle way connecting with Te Ara Tupua,
  • safer pedestrian crossings with on demand signals, which will make it safer especially given the number of schools in the area,
  • a new 30km/h speed limit, and
  • following feedback from businesses, we have retained as many parking spaces as possible, mostly P10s or P120s, and increased the number of mobility parks.

We’re excited by opportunities to improve the street environment with better planting, lighting and seating. Designs developed with Mana Whenua incorporate cultural elements and tell the history of the area, including the location of streams. Pavement designs will increase awareness of childcare and ballet facilities to make it safer for everyone.

Downer has been contracted to carry out the construction work for this project. They’re commencing night work in stages along Thorndon Quay up to 85 Hutt Road, from 18 September over 10 nights (weather dependent). Engineers will check the location of underground utilities in eight locations to inform final planning on this stretch of road. Downer will contact stakeholders before work commences. To find out when they will be working near you, please call or text 021 194 8631 or to talk about this roadwork.

The main construction work on Thorndon Quay starts in October this year, next to Wellington Railway Station. We will share information about the phasing, timelines and impact with stakeholders and ensure we understand delivery and access needs.

We are still finalising plans for the design of Hutt Road, from north of the Aotea Quay overbridge to Ngā Ūranga We will seek feedback from the community on the design and proposed traffic resolution, either later this year or in early 2024. We anticipate Councillors will consider the proposals in early/mid 2024.

Good progress is being made by Downer on the construction of the roundabout on Aotea Quay, which is on track for completion in autumn/winter next year. The purpose is to remove heavy traffic heading to the ferry, port, or freight yards off Hutt Road and onto SH1, to make it safer for local people along this route.

To find out more, sign up for email updates, visit the Thorndon Quay/ Hutt Road project page, read the key documents or email .