Congestion-free Wellington Declaration

Where is Welly really moving?

4. WEllington traffic James Gilberd-Photospace

AIM: Promote a more liveable Wellington city, responsive to climate change, by reducing reliance on the private car.

INTENT: We want high-capacity, high-quality, all-electric, mass public transport, and cycling and walking facilities that are safe and attractive.

Investing in more public and active transport instead of new motorways will:

  • enhance Wellington’s urban form and amenity, thereby enabling economic opportunities and lifestyle choices
  • avoid greenhouse gas emissions, noise and air pollution from burning fossil fuels
  • reduce the public health epidemics of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and road crash injuries

We support the objectives of the LGWM project in an open and transparent process.

We consider LGWM’s suggested interventions are over-weighted towards state highway spending, heading towards a result likely to be incompatible with these objectives.

Cities geared to public and active transport have less congestion than cities geared for private cars.

Transport behaviour and provision worldwide are changing rapidly in the face of emission-reduction targets, new technology, and new mobility arrangements.

With mobility increasingly becoming a service, LGWM must not lock us into a private-vehicle–dominated model of transport provision that is already becoming obsolete.

ACTION: We therefore call on LGWM to stick to its objectives and put the emphasis squarely on public and active transport, and managing travel demand, not on building more roads.

The objectives for the LGWM project are to have a transport system that:

  • enhances the liveability of the central city
  • provides more efficient and reliable access for users
  • reduces reliance on private vehicle travel
  • improves safety for all users
  • is adaptable to disruptions and future uncertainty

Page last modified 5 June 2017 to reflect comments at the public meeting held on 25 May.

Photo credit: James Gilberd for Talk Wellington