Transport

Wellington bus drivers vote for fare strike

Wellington bus drivers have voted for industrial action including a fare strike – driving buses while refusing to take fares – from the 28th of January if their employer NZ Bus continues to force part-time shifts on them. The company’s attempts to use more part-time shifts with fewer hours would see many drivers face loss …

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Pregnant woman suffers medical emergency on train

A pregnant woman has been taken to hospital after suffering a medical emergency on a Hutt Valley train. Photo: RNZ / Paloma Migone The woman was on the 7am service from Upper Hutt when it happened. A Wellington Free Ambulance spokesperson said the woman was taken to hospital in a moderate to serious condition. The …

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Two drones come dangerously close to airports every week

In the past year, rogue drones have caused major disruptions to Auckland and Wellington airports, they’ve come within 10 metres of the police Eagle helicopter and within five metres of a plane carrying 278 people. Photo: 123RF Such incidents have aviation authorities hoping to ensure future incidents don’t end in catastrophe. The national air traffic control agency Airways …

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All services cancelled on 20 Wellington bus routes tomorrow between 8am and 4pm.

According to Metlink, 20 Wellington bus routes will have all services cancelled tomorrow between 8am and 4pm due to strike action by the 240 members of The Tramways Union. The services which will be affected are 2, 3, 12, 14, 18, 18e, 20, 21, 22, 28, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35, 36, 81, 83, 84, …

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Electric buses waiting for new fast charger pick-up

Many of you will be aware of Wellington’s new fleet of ten double decker electric buses – the first such buses in the Southern Hemisphere …. designed and built in New Zealand. Photo: RNZ / Emma Hatton Paul Eagle MP and I went down to Reef Street, Island Bay, yesterday to talk with Paul Snelgrove and …

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Runway extension process “protracted and flawed;” increasing costs to ratepayers

Media release from Guardians of the Bays A decision by the Environment Court to proceed with Wellington International Airport’s runway extension application is disappointing given the length of delays, increasing costs and strong public opposition, according to community groups opposed to the proposal. Richard Randerson, Co-Chair of Guardians of the Bays representing more than 600 concerned individuals …

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Wellington to trial bus to zoo

The Wellington Regional Council will trial a bus route to Wellington Zoo after public pressure since the new network was set up. Photo: Supplied / Wellington Zoo When Metlink’s new system was launched, the service running to Wellington Zoo was scrapped. It will now run a six-month trial service leaving Wellington Station every hour, from 3 …

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Reduced peak train timetable and delays on the Hutt Valley line tonight

The signals fault on the Hutt Valley line remains an issue and will cause delays between Petone and Trentham. Services to Taita cancelled News from Metlink “We are able to run trains on the Hutt line during peak this afternoon, but the signals issue has not yet been fixed. We are running a reduced train …

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Updated: Train services on Hutt Valley line suspended

HVL/MEL: Services on the Hutt Valley line are currently suspended from departing and arriving to Wellington due to a signals fault. Photo: RNZ / Paloma Migone Valid from: 10/01/2019 8:40am All Hutt Valley and Melling line services are currently suspended from departing Wellington and Upper Hutt due to a signals fault between Petone and Trentham. Services …

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Terrace Roadworks – expect delays

Repaving is underway on the southbound lane of The Terrace between RNZ House and Salamanca Rd. Expect delays during your morning commute in this area. Image: Google Maps / Screengrab    

Road closure tomorrow 9am – Wakefield / Taranaki intersection to Cable St

Update 7:15am – it appears that roadworks have begun early in this area – expect delays during morning commute. Due to paving at Wakefield/Taranaki tomorrow, part of the intersection will be closed from 9am for about an hour. Image: Google Maps This will prevent access to Cable St from Taranaki St & Wakefield St. Motorists …

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Update: Kāpiti Expressway lane closure for resurfacing this week POSTPONED

Update: 9:15am – The resurfacing works and southbound lane closure on the Kāpiti Expressway have been postponed. New dates and times have not been given. Photo: Supplied / NZTA The expressway was built to give motorists a quicker route between Paekakariki and Ōtaki. Some of the road has previously been replaced because water and discolouration began …

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Wellington Airport given more time for runway extension plans

The Environment Court has given Wellington Airport more time to resubmit its resource consent for its runway extension plans. In 2013, Wellington Airport sought permission to extend its runway by 355m to allow bigger planes to land. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King But the court says the substantial delays in the case reflected badly on the administration …

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Breakdown blocking lane – SH2 Remutaka

SH2 REMUTAKA HILL – BREAKDOWN – 2:30PM A breakdown is BLOCKING a lane on the Upper Hutt side of the Remutaka Hill. Please take extra care while passing.

Road still closed as man stands over Terrace Tunnel – Latest photos and information

Wellington police are still negotiating with a man in a distressed condition following a two-vehicle crash at the city-end mouth of The Terrace Tunnel. The Terrace Tunnel in Wellington has been closed off all afternoon. Photo: RNZ / Meriana Johnsen The tunnel has been closed in both directions since a two-car crash just after 12.30pm. Police are …

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Terrace Tunnel remains closed: Police negotiating with man in distressed condition

Wellington police are negotiating with a man in a distressed condition following a two-vehicle crash at the city-end mouth of The Terrace Tunnel. Photo: Terrace Tunnel closed after crash. RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King Police are also speaking to a male who is standing above the northbound lane. Police said the man was in a distressed …

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Longform read – The Basin: a better venue than a new arena

In November the region’s mayors gave in-principle support for a new $200million 12,000 seat indoor arena to be built on Kings Wharf. Glen Smith argues for a better, less costly alternative. In November the region’s mayors gave in-principle support for a new $200million 12,000 seat indoor arena to be built on Kings Wharf, the justification …

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Terrace Tunnel closed in both directions due to crash

SH1 TERRACE TUNNEL – CRASH – 12:35PM Due to a crash the Terrace Tunnel is CLOSED in both directions. Please use an alternate route or delay your travel. Check the NZTA tab in the app to see live updates.

Experts flag ‘high risk’ of train collision and deaths

There is a “high risk” of two trains crashing in Wellington, which could lead to deaths, experts have found, reiterating earlier calls for more safety measures on the back of four investigations into passenger trains that almost crashed. Photo: RNZ / Paloma Migone A new risk report has examined a busy stretch of rail where …

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Cook Strait ferry service being removed for urgent repairs

A Bluebridge ferry is being removed from service for urgent repairs because of a gearbox fault. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller StraitNZ said the ferry, which operates a service to Cook Strait between Wellington and Picton, would be out of action from this evening and for the rest of the week while the work was …

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Infratil agrees to sell NZ Bus

Infratil has agreed to sell its NZ Bus unit to Next Capital for up to $240 million, but will help the Australian private equity firm pay for it.   Announced after the New Zealand market had closed, Infratil said it’s reached a conditional sale with Next Capital, which sold Go Bus to Ngai Tahu Holdings …

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Traffic Warning: SH1 Aotea Northbound

A vehicle on fire is BLOCKING the northbound lanes between the Porirua on-ramp and Whitford Brown off-ramp. Emergency services are on-site and congestion is building. Please avoid this area if possible. Check the NZTA tab in our local news section for live updates.

Updated: Wellington Traffic Warnings for Friday 21 December – NZTA

There are a number of traffic warnings in place as the annual Christmas exodus begins tomorrow. The Wellington App will keep you up to date with any additional incidents on the roads as the day progresses.   Below is the most up to date list of road closures and traffic warnings as of Thursday 20th …

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Updated: Wellington trains disrupted due to mechanical work

Updated: Wellington train services will be disrupted at peak times today due to urgent mechanical work. Click here to go to Metlink for live information A large number of train services will not be running and people are expected to have to switch to buses, which might cause long delays. RNZ understands 20 trains have …

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Wellington Traffic Warnings for Friday 21 December – NZTA

There are a number of traffic warnings in place as the annual Christmas exodus begins tomorrow. The Wellington App will keep you up to date with any additional incidents on the roads as the day progresses.   Below is the most up to date list of road closures and traffic warnings as of Thursday 20th …

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Greater Wellington Regional Council responds to independent bus review

Improvements in Wellington’s new bus services are “ongoing and sustained,” an independent review into implementation challenges of the Wellington City and Hutt Valley network has found. The review, prepared by Australia-based consultants L.E.K. and commissioned by the Regional Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency, describes the introduction of the new network as a complex …

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Northbound passing lane closed near Te Horo – Expect delays

Due to holiday traffic the northbound passing lane north of Te Horo is now closed. Expected to reopen by 8pm. Road users are advised to take extra care. Map showing location of lane closure and delays. Image: Google Maps + NZTA

Cause of Wellington’s bus network failure revealed

An independent review into Wellington’s troubled bus network has revealed a raft of failings from the regional council. The new routes weren’t tested because the council did not believe it would give an accurate picture of how they would run. Photo: RNZ / Emma Hatton It came after the new bus network, launched in July …

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Record number of international travellers due in Wellington over Summer

A record number of international travellers are expected to pass through Wellington Airport over the summer period. Photo: Philip Capper Approximately 70,000 visitors will fly into the airport over summer, an increase of 9% compared to the previous year. The busiest day for international movements through the airport will be Sunday 6 January, with almost …

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Loose stones causing traffic delays on Kāpiti section of SH1

The Transport Agency is promising lengthy delays north of Wellington won’t extend into the Christmas period, but frustrated commuters are not holding their breath. The entire express way was bumper to bumper, a local said. Photo: RNZ / Catherine Hutton Traffic travelling to and from the Kāpiti Coast north of Wellington was brought to a …

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Air New Zealand increases Brisbane-Wellington capacity by 40%

Capping off a bumper quarter of international growth, Air New Zealand’s inaugural Brisbane-Wellington and Brisbane-Queenstown flights depart from Brisbane Airport today. Air New Zealand will operate its A320 aircraft up to four times a week between Brisbane and Queenstown, and up to five times a week between Brisbane and Wellington, increasing the airline’s overall annual …

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Police to conduct large road safety operation throughout Wellington Region this week

Wellington Police are on a mission to ensure drivers keep themselves and other road users safe this holiday season. From Monday 17 to Saturday 22 December, Police will be conducting a road safety operation throughout Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti, focusing on seatbelts and impairment. “Not wearing a seatbelt is one of the four main contributors …

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Opposition stops electric charging stations plan in its tracks

Wellington City Council has been forced to park a plan to increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations in the city after strong opposition. Council documents said 750 Wellingtonians had electric vehicles – but not all had somewhere handy to plug them in. The council wanted to set up 19 charging stations, each with …

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Police to conduct road safety operation throughout Wellington next week

“Road safety operation – Wellington” Wellington Police are on a mission to ensure drivers keep themselves and other road users safe this holiday season. From Monday 17 to Saturday 22 December, Police will be conducting a road safety operation throughout Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti, focusing on seatbelts and impairment. “Not wearing a seatbelt is one …

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Thinking about public transport costs (opinion)

In Part 4 of their Reasonable Expectations series, Talk Wellington ask how much public transport costs Wellington (not much) and how much it should cost… Talk Wellington aims to bring good quality information about urban environments and transport systems to people of the Wellington region. “If ya pay peanuts, you get monkeys”, and, with no disrespect …

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New handrail, lights and paint job next year for Seatoun Tunnel

The Seatoun Tunnel will have its pedestrian handrail extended and receive new LED lighting alongside earthquake strengthening work in early 2019. The work is part of an ongoing programme by the Wellington City Council to improve the safety and accessibility of Wellington’s earthquake prone structures. Alongside the essential strengthening work, plans include extending the existing …

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Witchdoctor looks forward to guilt-free air travel

Travel lover PAT PILCHER gets excited about the potential for electro-aerodynamic-powered planes. Can travel finally be guilt free?. Content provided by Witchdoctor, “entertainment for grownups”. Read the story with full photographic content, plus more writing about technology, sound and vision, gadgetry, gaming and gear at https://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/ Some people smoke, but my guilty pleasure is travel. …

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Why Island Bay and the “Newtown Connections” matter (opinion)

Why does stuff in the southern suburbs matter when it’s not my backyard, and when there are other cycleway type projects happening elsewhere in the region to pay attention to? Opinion by Talk Wellington, an organisation aiming to bring good quality information about urban environments and transport systems to people of the Wellington region.  If …

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Electronic counters monitoring increased cycling activity

New electronic counters installed in the roads on key Wellington traffic routes will provide more accurate and up-to-date monitoring of cycling patterns. The installation of the new counters and improved provision of online data, will help with the planning of paths, lanes and other changes to make it safer and easier for more people to …

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Bike lanes are coming to Newtown and Berhampore

The last census showed that one in 11 people in Berhampore travelled by bike. But there are no bike lanes in the area, making the streets a hostile place. That will change soon. by Patrick Morgan A possible bike lane solution for Riddiford Street. Cycling advocates are inviting people to have their say on proposals …

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Six drivers didn’t care about impairment, say Police

An impairment prevention operation held on Friday night in Wellington saw Police stop drivers of 3436 vehicles over four hours at two locations. Six drivers stopped in the start of the summer campaign to encourage road safety were over the breath alcohol limit, with two registering over 400mg. “These people clearly don’t care about their …

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Be prepared not to drive impaired

Police launched their summer road safety campaign in Wellington today, warning against driving impaired by fatigue, drugs or alcohol. The message from NZ Police and the NZ Transport Agency to road users is simple: remain focused and drive as if your life and the lives of those around you depend on it. Be courteous, be …

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Santa parades close roads this weekend

Roads and bus stops will be closed for Christmas parades in Johnsonville and Tawa on Saturday, and in Kilbirnie and Upper Hutt on Sunday. The town centre of Johnsonville will be closed from 10.00am to 1.00pm on Saturday for the Christmas Parade. The roads that will be closed are: Wanaka Street Dr Taylor Terrace Moorefield …

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Ferry terminal or concert arena?

This week, Kings Wharf was mooted as one of two possible sites for a new ferry terminal. It’s also been proposed as the best site for a new indoor concert arena. LINDSAY SHELTON of  Wellington.Scoop looks at the options. Only six days after the Regional Council announced that Kings Wharf had been chosen as one of …

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Buckle up, Wellingtonians!

Police are calling for proper seatbelt action from motorists after 113 people were issued infringements last week in the Wairarapa for not wearing seatbelts. Wellington Police and the Wairarapa Road Safety Council are reminding all motorists that seatbelts safe lives. Checkpoints held last week in the Wairarapa resulted in 113 people being issued infringement notices …

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Bus hub budget balloons to $14m

The cost of installing seven bus hubs has blown out from $3.5m to more than $14 million. RNZ story by Senior Reporter Catherine Hutton @Chuttonnz [email protected] The Kilbirnie bus hub in Wellington had to be modified after the WCC announced the cycleway route. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller The bus hubs, designed to connect buses from the outer …

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Dump runway extension, say Eastern suburbs residents

Locals opposed to the lengthening of Wellington Airport’s runway are asking for an application for resource consent to be thrown out. RNZ story by Wellington Issues reporter Laura Dooney @ljdooney [email protected] Last month the airport asked the Environment Court for more time for its application for consent. In March this year the airport asked for proceedings to …

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Your top ten events for the weekend of 24 and 25 November

This weekly feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible this weekend for $20.00 or less (and ideally free). You may want to check previous high five posts for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Lambton Quay is closed to …

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Road closures and bus diversions for this weekend’s Very Welly Christmas

All lanes of Lambton Quay and seven surrounding streets will be closed this weekend for the two-day celebrations of A Very Welly Christmas. Lambton Quay will be closed from the intersection of Whitmore and Bowen Streets to Willis Street from 12.15am on Saturday 24 November until 11.50pm Sunday 25 November. Sections of the following streets …

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Bus diversions and road closures for Petone Twilight Xmas Parade tonight

The Petone Twilight Christmas Parade 2018 from 6.00pm to 9.00pm tonight will involve road closures and changes to bus services. Jackson Street will be closed from Petone Avenue to Cuba Street. Elizabeth Street will be closed from Jackson Street to Buick Street. Buick Street will be closed from Elizabeth Street to The Esplanade. Bus services on …

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Kilbirnie Bus Hub opens on Sunday

The long-awaited Kilbirnie bus hub will be open for operations in its permanent location on Evans Bay Parade from 6.00am on Sunday 18 November. Civil works associated with the Kilbirnie stormwater renewal project had made the route impassable for bus services at key times. The stormwater upgrade has now progressed to a stage where Metlink …

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Campaign for tamariki raises nearly $5000 with 6300 minutes of cycling

Wellington student Mana Williams-Eade, who spent most of last week pedalling on a stationary cycle, has raised $4745 for New Zealand children living in state care. Mana Williams-Eade, who has been Cycling for Tamariki all week, with Mayor Justin Lester Mana Williams-Eade spent time in state care, and now works for Oranga Tamariki when he’s …

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New cycle rack solution in use from today

Wellington’s first covered public bicycle rack is now in use. The new Grey Street bike rack is also the first Dutch two-tiered rack that the City Council has installed for public use. It is similar to one next to Victoria University’s School of Architecture and Design. The new rack, which will provide parking up to …

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Bus timetable changes from Sunday

From Sunday 11 November, Metlink are making timetable adjustments to a number of Wellington city bus routes including 1, 7, 17, 17e, 19, 19e, 23, 23e, 24, 29, 29e, 30x, 32x, and school bus routes 624, 654 and 774. Details are listed here. Metlink are promising improved bus reliability, better connections between services and more …

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Last chance today for feedback on traffic and parking restrictions

You have until 5.00pm tonight (9 November) to provide the Wellington City Council with feedback on 25 proposed new traffic resolutions. These include bus stop relocations, parking space removals, and increased no stopping zones in the city and suburbs. You can complete your submission online here.

Remutaka Hill SH2 now open (update)

NZTA advise that SH2 Remutaka Hill is now open. It was closed earlier today  due to hau pūkeri (strong winds). Severe gale northwesterlies continue to batter Wellington and the southern Wairarapa, so please take extra care when driving, especially in high-sided vehicles or on motorcycles.  

Road works close Courtenay Place bus stops

Metlink advise that Courtenay Place Stop C (Stop 5516) will be closed today, Thursday 8 November, from 9.00am to 4.00pm for roadworks (see below). The road works will move across the road tomorrow (Friday) to Courtenay Place Stop A (Stop 5000) which will be closed from 9.00am to 4.00pm (below). Services affected are: 1 Johnsonville West/Churton …

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GWRC paying $150k a month for extra “banker” buses

The Wellington Regional Council council is paying $150,000 a month to add extra buses to its ailing new network. It has also spent $338,000 between July and September on contractors to help embed the new network, which has been riddled with problems since it launched in July. RNZ story by reporter Laura Dooney and journalist …

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Your high five events for Thursday 8 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events.  And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. To celebrate the stories, potential, and hope …

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Terrace Tunnel now open after crash (updated)

The Terrace Tunnel is now fully open again after a crash this morning inside Tunnel closed the southbound lane into the city. The northbound lane remained open.

Crane-crashed cables caused CityLink outage

Fibre optic cables pulled down by a crane this morning caused an outage in part of the CityLink fibre network in the Wellington CBD. The downed cables on the corner of Hunter Street and Customhouse Quay, initially thought to be power lines, resulted in traffic diversions on those streets and on Panama and Featherston Streets. …

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Update: downed “power lines” are fibre optic cables

Traffic in central Wellington was diverted this morning after fibre optic cables came down on the corner of Hunter Street and Customhouse Quay. The cables were initially identified by Police as power lines, and traffic was diverted from these streets as well as Panama Street and Featherston Street. Traffic movement has now resumed in the …

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Bus stopped by armed cops after Berhampore robbery

Armed police stopped a bus in Kent Terrace this morning following a report of a robbery in Berhampore shortly after 7.00am. Police were seeking a male following the attempted robbery of an individual on the street in Berhampore. The victim was not hurt in the incident, but initial information suggested the robbery may have involved a weapon, …

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Free Christmas Day travel on public transport

Yesterday’s meeting of the Sustainable Transport Committee of Greater Wellington Regional Council approved a proposal for passengers to travel free on Christmas Day on the Wellington region’s buses and trains. In a press release from the GWRC, Sustainable Transport Committee Chair Cr Barbara Donaldson said she was “delighted” that the proposal from Chief Executive Greg …

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Strike over for now, with mediation scheduled

Wellington bus drivers taking strike action returned to work from 2.00am this morning as a sign of good faith ahead of mediation tomorrow. Wellington Tramways Union Secretary Kevin O’Sullivan says the strike, which began last Thursday, resulted in a withdrawal of labour by around half of the drivers employed by Tranzit’s subsidary businesses Tranzurban Wellington …

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New Ōtaki pedestrian crossing opens today

A new signalised pedestrian crossing is now operating just north of the SH1 Ōtaki roundabout. A single-lane flow around the roundabout, similar to holiday weekends is now permanently in place. The pedestrian underpass which connected County Road with SH1 is closed. Pedestrians are being temporarily diverted via County Road and Rāhui Road to the new …

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Bus strike called off

Metlink advises that it has been informed by its operator Tranzurban that the Tramways Union will be ceasing their current industrial action from 2am on Tuesday 30 October.

Sunday’s Open Streets event closes roads to cars

A large section of the Wellington CBD will be closed to cars tomorrow from 9.00am to 1.00pm for the Te Ara Tapere ki Pōneke – Open Streets event. Te Ara Tapere ki Pōneke is a free, active event for people of all ages and abilities to take over the streets and walk, play, ride and …

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Airport expects strong summer traffic as international flights near record highs

Wellington International Airport says it is expecting a strong summer on a mix of new services and increased capacity to and from Australia. Content provided by BusinessDesk, “the only business news source you need”. A ten-day free trial is available at https://www.businessdesk.co.nz/ By Gavin Evans The company, which yesterday reported an almost 5 per cent increase in …

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Rongotai subway and murals celebrated

The new sea-themed murals on the entrances to the subway below the airport runway were blessed and celebrated at a ceremony yesterday morning.   Rongotai College students with Weta Workshop Art Director Paul Tobin and artist Sheyne Tuffery in front of the subway murals The murals – which feature real and imagined sea creatures and …

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Strong wind warning for Remutaka hill road

NZTA advise that due to hau pūkeri (strong winds) on SH2 Remutaka Hill, extra care is required, especially for high-sided vehicles and motorcycles.

Bus drivers strike is on: here’s what you need to know (update)

Planned industrial action by the Tramways Union will affect Tranzurban bus services in Wellington City, the Hutt Valley and Porirua from today, Thursday 25 October. When does the strike begin? It’s on now. When will it finish? The end date advised by the union is 30 November, but union secretary Kevin O’Sullivan says that this …

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Homeward bound travellers should expect Kapiti delays

Wellingtonians heading south on State Highway 1 after the long Labour weekend can expect delayed travel. The Kapiti section of SH1 is expected to be busiest between 1:30pm and 6:30pm today. Due to holiday traffic the southbound passing lane north of Otaki is now closed, and is expected to reopen by 8.00pm. NZTA advises travellers …

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Bus strike postponed to Thursday

The planned industrial action by the Tramways Union planned for tomorrow has been postponed until Thursday 25 October. A statement by Metlink has advised that bus services tomorrow will no longer be affected as previously advised. The strike action, now on Thursday, will affect some services in Wellington City, Hutt Valley and Porirua. Tramways Union …

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Miramar bus “hub” opens on Sunday

The new shelters for what Metlink describe as the Miramar bus hub will be completed on open from Sunday 21 October. Metlink services will operate from what are effectively extended bus stops, with little added “hub” value, on either side of Miramar Avenue. Stop A is in front of the New World carpark, and Stop …

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Trial closure for slip lane on Cobham Drive

The left-turning slip lane on the westbound lane of Cobham Drive, adjacent to St Patrick’s College at the Evans Bay Parade intersection, will be closed to traffic for a three-month trial from Monday 29 October. Wellington City Council is working with the NZ Transport Agency on closing the slip lane as part of determining how …

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SH1 open again, but take care

Following yesterday’s truck roll and extended road closure, there is a lane shift with a 50km/h temporary speed restriction in place on State Highway 1 just south of the Pukerua Bay Township. Road users are advised to take extra care. The road was cleared from 9.00pm last night, with waiting trucks heading southbound released through …

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Rolled truck between Plimmerton and Pukerua Bay closes SH1 (2pm update)

State Highway 1 is now expected to be closed until at least 8.00pm tonight. The road has been closed since early this morning, after a truck carrying potentially hazardous chemicals rolled about 2km south of Pukerua Bay township about 3.45am. Due to the dangerous materials spilled, the extraction of the vehicle and clearing of the …

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Porirua SH1 crash continues Labour weekend delays

A crash has blocked one lane at the Mungavin off-ramp on SH1 at Porirua. Emergency services are currently on site, and NZTA asks motorists to please pass with care and expect delays. This follows the rolled truck accident that is still blocking SH1 north of Plimmerton, and a breakdown on SH2 on the Featherston side …

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Stop work meeting today reduces off-peak bus services

A stop-work meeting called by the Tramways Union to ratify an agreement with NZ Bus will result in some off-peak bus services being reduced or cancelled in Wellington City and Hutt Valley today between 9.00am and 3.00pm. All off-peak bus services on routes 2, 3, 12, 14, 18, 18e, 20, 21, 22, 81 and 83 will be cancelled. Other …

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Lights out in Hataitai

Hataitai residents attending the Mayor in the Chair meeting at the Hataitai Bowlng Club on Tuesday evening were told that a council proposal to install traffic lights at the Hataitai village crossroads is now unlikely to proceed. Mayor Justin Lester told the meeting, also attended by councillors Chris Calvi-Freeman, Diane Calvert and Simon Marsh, that …

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Stop work meeting tomorrow reduces bus services

A stop-work meeting called by the Tramways Union to ratify an agreement with NZ Bus will result in some bus services being reduced or cancelled in Wellington City and Hutt Valley on Friday between 9.00am and 3.00pm. All off-peak bus services on routes 2, 3, 12, 14, 18, 18e, 20, 21, 22, 81 and 83 will be cancelled. Other …

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Wellington bus strike from next Tuesday

Bus drivers in Wellington will begin an indefinite strike next Tuesday. The strike will include drivers from two of three companies that run bus services in the region: Tranzurban, and Uzabus. Story by RNZ An agreement has been struck between the union and NZBus, and a vote to ratify it will be held at a …

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Buses to replace most train services over Labour Weekend

Metlink have advised that buses will replace most train services over Labour Weekend, from Saturday 20 until Monday 22 October, to allow major engineering work to take place. The majority of maintenance and upgrade work takes place at night or during weekends to avoid disrupting the thousands of passengers commuting in and out of Wellington …

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Paekākāriki Hill Road closed this Friday afternoon

Paekākāriki Hill Road will be closed temporarily to through traffic from noon this Friday 19 October, finishing at around 9.00pm or when traffic eases on State Highway 1. The NZ Transport Agency in collaboration with NZ Police, Kapiti Coast District and Porirua City Council are making the Labour Holiday Weekend closure of Paekākāriki Hill Road …

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Island Bay cycleway repair may cost $10m

Making changes to the 1.7 kilometre cycleway in Island Bay that cost about $1.8 million to build has been estimated to cost $10 million. RNZ story by reporter Laura Dooney @ljdooney [email protected] Island Bay cycleway, Wellington. Photo: Supplied Wellington city councillors have asked council officers how much it would cost to change the Island Bay cycleway to appease …

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Low-priced self-serve fuel stop for Wellington in 2019

Hamilton-based fuel supplier Waitomo Group will open a self-serve fuel stop in Wellington in early 2019, delivering more competitive fuel pricing to the capital. Managing Director Jimmy Ormsby says it’s something the third-generation family-run business has long-wanted to offer Wellingtonians. “We needed to find the right site and get the consents in place. I’m really …

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Frustration over disabled parking abuse, design and quantity

Frustration is building in the disability community over able-bodied people using mobility car parks that have also been poorly designed. RNZ story by journalist Jonathan Mitchell  @RNZjonathan [email protected] Advocacy group CCS Disability Action says Wellington city has lost a handful of dedicated parks because of construction work, creating another unnecessary barrier for vulnerable people to get …

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Overnight lane closures on Cobham Drive [updated]

NZTA have advised that partial lane closures continue this week, from 8.00pm to 5:30am on SH1 Cobham Drive from Kilbirnie to Miramar. Lighting upgrades are taking place tonight, Tuesday and Wednesday nights. As always, roadworks are dependent on weather and other factors.

Crash near Johnsonville closes SH1 southbound lane

A crash that occurred at 7.15am this morning on SH1 between the Churton Park and Glenside on-ramp and the Johnsonville off-ramp has closed one southbound lane into Wellington. Police and emergency services are attending the scene. Two people were injured, one seriously and one moderately.  One person has been taken to Wellington Hospital. Traffic is moving slowly …

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Fire, rain and wind assail Wellington

Fire has engulfed a house in Lyall Bay, and rain and wind have caused ferry cancellations and flooding on SH1. Photo by Stevo O’Rourke Firefighters were called this morning to a large house fire on Hungerford Road, on the hills above Lyall Bay. Six fire appliances and a command unit are attending the scene. All …

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Ten years of diesel buses – and increased emissions

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released this week called for a steep cut in CO2 emissions within 12 years to avoid irreversible climate change. It highlights the shortsighted and incompetent leadership of Wellington’s Regional Council, which scrapped the trolley bus network in November without a clear plan to replace them with an …

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Fatal crash closes SH1 near Ōtaki

Due to a serious crash earlier this morning, State Highway 1 is closed just south of the Ōtaki River Bridge, between the intersections with Old Hautere Rd and Te Waka Road. The Serious Crash Unit is attending, so please expect delays and be patient in the area. The road remains is expected to remain this …

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Drivers reach provisional settlement with NZ Bus

The Tramways Union has reached a provisional settlement with New Zealand Bus. Tramways Union Secretary Kevin O’Sullivan says the settlement will be put to the union members for ratification on Friday 19 October. He said the union negotiators will recommend that the settlement be accepted. Report by Roy Murphy from Wellington.Scoop The NZ Bus agreement …

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Rainbow Crossing officially opens today

The pedestrian crossing with new rainbow colours between the traffic lights at the intersection of Dixon St and Cuba Mall will be officially opened today, 10 October, to coincide with the birthday of one of the city’s most iconic transgender activists, Carmen Rupe (1936-2011). “Cuba Street is considered by many to be the spiritual home …

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Latest tunnel closure: Arras, tonight

In the latest of a series of tunnel closures for routine maintenance, the Arras Tunnel will close from 9.00pm tonight. It is expected to reopen by 5.30am on Thursday 11 October. NZTA advise that northbound traffic should travel from Buckle Street on to Cambridge Terrace, then Wakefield Street, Jervois Quay, Customhouse Quay and Waterloo Quay …

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Strong wind warning for Remutaka hill road

NZTA advise that due to hau pūkeri (strong winds) on SH2 Remutaka Hill, extra care is required, especially for high-sided vehicles and motorcycles.

Buses replace trains during union meeting today

Metlink advise that buses will replace some midday train services on all lines (except Wairarapa) on Wednesday 10 October from 11.00am to 3.00pm, so staff can attend a union ratification meeting. Metlink advise that although bus replacements will attempt to follow the train timetable, it is advisable to plan ahead and allow additional time for …

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Mt Vic tunnel closed tonight

The SH1 Mt Victoria Tunnel will close from 9.00pm tonight for routine maintenance. It is expected to reopen by 5,30am on Wednesday 10 October. NZTA advise that southbound traffic should travel from Patterson Street to Constable Street, Newtown, via Adelaide Road and Riddiford Street, and then on to Wellington Road. A reverse journey should be …

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RNZ: bus network consultant defends original scheme

The American transport consultant behind Wellington’s new bus network blames the capital’s bus chaos on the implementation not the design. Story by RNZ Listen to the audio from Morning Report here. Photo by RNZ / Emma Hatton In July, Wairarapa bus company Transit took over the contract for over half of Wellington city’s bus routes, …

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Terrace Tunnel closed for maintenance

The Terrace Tunnel on SH 1 will be closed tonight from 7.00pm until 5.30am tomorrow morning (9 October) for routine maintenance. Southbound traffic should detour using use the Terrace Offramp on to The Terrace, then Ghuznee Street on to Victoria Street, then on to Vivian Street. Northbound traffic should travel via Willis Street and Ghuznee …

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On(zO) yer bike! Share scheme launches today

Wellington City’s first bike share scheme launches today with a six-month trial that places 200 fixed-gear bicycles available for hire around the central city. From left, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester, Harry Yang and Min-kyu Jung from OnzO with some of the bikes for hire. The Council has provided Auckland-based company OnzO with a licence to …

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Crash that blocked lane of SH58 now cleared [updated]

The crash that blocked the right westbound lane of the SH58 Haywards Interchange near the intersection with SH2 has now been cleared. Please take extra care through the area.

Strong wind warning for Remutaka Hill

NZTA advise that hau pūkeri (strong winds) that have been continuing throughout the day may still affect motorists on SH2 Remutaka Hill. Extra care while travelling in this area is required, especially for high-sided vehicles and motorcycles.

Your high five events for Wednesday 3 October

Support bus drivers, experience musical mayhem, join the next generation business community, find out more about the flu epidemic in the Pacific 100 years ago, and get positive about mental health. The Greater Wellington Regional Council are holding an extraordinary meeting from 9.30am at their offices on Level 2, 15 Walter Street, Te Aro. On …

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Crash that blocked SH2 near Ngauranga interchange now cleared [updated]

NZTA report that a crash around 5.00pm that blocked the left southbound lane of State Highway 2 prior to the Ngauranga interchange is now clear. Road users are advised to expect significant southbound delays while congestion clears. Queues are currently back past the Dowse Drive interchange.

Former journalist gets the complaint data on bus changes

Public servant and former journalist Felix Marwick wanted to find out the volume and nature of complaints about Wellington’s new transport network, mainly because, he explained on Twitter (‪@felixmarwick) where he posted his findings, “My wife and I have had to give up using the bus service (as) we can’t rely on it to get …

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Extended Route 18e service starts today

From today, 1 October, the 18e bus route is extended as a seven-day-a-week service, including buses between 6.00pm and 8.00pm, from Miramar North to Karori South. It will provide direct connections to Newtown, the hospital, Massey University and Victoria University’s Kelburn campus. Metlink advise that this service will run without transfers and be available as …

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Strong wind warning for Remutaka Hill removed [update]

NZTA advise that the strong wind warning on SH2 Remutaka Hill from earlier this morning has now been removed.  

Overnight roadworks across the region this week

NZTA have advised a number of overnight roadworks this week across the Wellington region. Tonight and Monday night, the Aotea Quay motorway on-ramp on SH1 will be closed from 11:00pm to 5:00am for guard rail repairs. There will be a Stop/Go in place tonight and Monday night from 7:00pm to 5:30am on SH1 Manakau for …

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Direct Miramar/Karori service via universities to be restored and extended from Monday

Passenger demand has led to Metlink extending the new 18e route between Miramar and Karori. From Monday, the service will run without transfers and be available as an all-day service rather than just at peak hours. “This change is directly in response to customer feedback,” said Greater Wellington Regional Council chief executive Greg Campbell announcing …

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Extra trains scheduled after Lions vs Tasman game

Metlink have scheduled extra services after the Mitre 10 Cup Rugby game between Wellington Lions and Tasman Mako at Westpac stadium on Saturday night. Gates open from 5.30pm, with the match due to kick off at 7.35pm. Additional train services have been scheduled to depart after the game finishes, on the Kapiti, Hutt Valley and …

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Troubled bus network: process was correct, officials say

The Greater Wellington Regional Council says it wouldn’t have done anything differently in its implementation of the city’s problematic new bus services, but is committing to fixing it in eight weeks’ time. Story from RNZ by political reporter Gia Garrick @giaisonline [email protected] Politicians have been inundated with complaints over Wellington’s troubled bus network. Photo by RNZ / …

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Bus drivers vote for strike action and dismissal of GWRC

A stop work meeting of the Wellington Tramways Union today voted for region-wide industrial action starting from 23 October, following continued failure by Wellington bus operators to negotiate on collective bargaining agreements. Richard Wagstaff of the CTU addresses the Tramways Union meeting. Photo by Tramways Union. The drivers voted to strike indefinitely from Tuesday 23 …

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Bus stop work meeting runs later than planned, services revised

The stop work meeting called by the Tramways Union today to consult with its members on the ongoing problems with the new bus systems is running longer than expected. Metlink has advised that most bus services will not be back on the road until after 2:00pm, and apologise for continued disruption to travel plans this …

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Auditor-General writes open letter to GWRC on public’s bus concerns

The Office of the Auditor-General has written to the Greater Wellington Regional Council after receiving correspondence from the public requesting an investigation into the new bus network and services. John Ryan, who runs the Office of Controller and Auditor-General, the independent organisation that audits public entities, has published the letter to GWRC chair Chris Laidlaw …

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Union stop work meeting affects bus services today [updated]

A stop work meeting called by the Tramways Union for their drivers today, 26 September, means that Metlink bus services will be reduced in Wellington City, Hutt Valley and Porirua between 9:00am and 3:00pm. This meeting is an opportunity for the Tramways Union to talk to its members and is a normal occurrence. Metlink have …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 26 September

The annual Spring Festival continues with the Graves of Note free guided walk at Karori Cemetery (meet at the Main Chapel on Rosehaugh Ave from 10:30am), then there are five great free events this evening – all, sadly, on at around the same time. How to choose? Mahuki, Te Papa’s innovation hub empowering communities to …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 25 September

Language, construction, traffic lights and movement define your Tuesday. New Zealand Chinese Language Week (23-29 September) is an NZ-led initiative aimed at encouraging New Zealanders to discover Chinese language and culture. Today’s talk, Literary Chinese – The Latin of East Asia, is one of three celebrating Chinese Language Week, and explores the common heritage of …

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Wellington buses: “You have every right to be angry”

Increased isolation of the elderly, mentally ill and disabled people were some of the concerns residents raised about buses in Wellington at a meeting yesterday. Report from RNZ by journalist Emma Hatton [email protected] Wellington residents, including WCC councillors David Lee and Sarah Free (front row) at Mornington Golf Club yesterday, sharing concerns about changes to …

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Permanent bus hub finally underway in Newtown

Work begins today on the permanent bus hub in front of Wellington Hospital, with carparking options reduced, pedestrian access to the hospital altered, and southbound traffic on Riddiford Street reduced to one lane. The long-awaited work to construct a permanent bus hub for Newtown will continue until early November. During the construction period, pedestrian access …

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Bus meeting in Berhampore this afternoon

A meeting for southern suburbs residents on what’s happening with Wellington’s public transport system will take place from 3:00pm this afternoon at Mornington Golf Club, 80 Stanley Street, Berhampore. The meeting will be hosted by Rongotai MP Paul Eagle and Greater Wellington Regional Councillor Daran Ponter, with the opportunity for local residents to provide direct …

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Slow down to 80km/h on SH58 tomorrow

From tomorrow, Saturday September 22, the New Zealand Transport Agency is lowering the speed limit from 100km/h to 80km/h on a high-risk section of State Highway 58. “Since 2008, four people have died and 68 people have been injured, including 15 seriously, in almost 200 crashes on this road,” says Mark Owen, NZTA’s Regional Transport Systems …

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Core transport problems remain as urgent bus review promised

Yesterday’s meeting of the Sustainable Transport Committee of the Greater Wellington Regional Council agreed to commission an independent review of what has gone wrong with the region’s new public transport system. But problems with core assumptions around the system remain, and the refusal of transport operators to negotiate with the drivers’ union remains the elephant …

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Kilbirnie Crescent reopens to traffic

The intersection of Kilbirnie Crescent and Evans Bay Parade has reopened to all traffic following completion of a section of the Wellington Water roadworks. As of yesterday, southbound bus routes 2, 12e, and 36 can travel again down Kilbirnie Crescent. Two bus stops on Kilbirnie Crescent have reopened: #6222 at Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre, and …

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Remutaka Hill closed after crash [update: road now open]

A serious crash on Remutaka Hill has closed State Highway 2 on the Upper Hutt side of the Hill near Kaitoke. At least one person is critically injured. NZTA advise that the Serious Crash Unit is currently on site and have asked road users to avoid the area and delay travel. The road is closed …

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Crash near Paremata blocks northbound lanes [update: crash now cleared]

NZTA advise that a crash at around 4:00am this morning remains blocking the two left lanes northbound on SH1, south of the Paremata Roundabout. One person has been transported to Wellington Hospital in a critical condition following the one car crash. Police are advising drivers to avoid travelling north on SH1. The road is expected …

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GWRC transport woes to be discussed this morning

The Greater Wellington Regional Council’s transport committee is putting a positive spin on the city’s transport woes, while the Wellington City Council decides how to allocate nearly half a million dollars in grants. by Mark Cubey This morning’s monthly meeting of the Sustainable Transport Committee of the Greater Wellington Regional Council will address Wellington’s transport …

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Government to dissolve tertiary institute Council

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has made a preliminary decision to appoint a Commissioner to troubled tertiary institutions Whitireia and WelTec in a move to address the financial woes of the two polytechnics. Te Auaha, the Institute of Creativity opened this year by Whitireia and WelTec. Minister Hipkins said today that following consultation and consideration of submissions, …

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Aotea Quay offramp closed for guard rail upgrade

NZTA advise that the southbound Aotea Quay offramp will close from 9:00pm tonight, Wednesday and Thursday for a guard rail upgrade, reopening by 5:00am daily. The work is expected to be completed by Friday morning. Motorists are asked to use an alternative route.  

Hutchison Terminus Stop A operational today

Stop A at the Hutchison Terminus in Hutchison Road, Mt Cook, is open and operational from today (Tuesday 18 September). This stop will service the route 3 and 18e bus services. Metlink thank passengers for their patience during the construction of this bus stop.    

Guard rail repairs cause delays on SH1 and SH2

Lane closures are in place today from 9:30am to 3:30pm between the Aotea off-ramp and Ngauranga on SH1 Urban Motorway, to allow guard rail repairs. There will also be guard rail repairs taking place on SH2 Remutaka Hill, which will involve multiple Stop/Go delays between 8:00am to 4:00pm this week from Monday to Friday. Roadworks …

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Extra public transport for All Blacks’ game [updated]

Metlink are adding extra services for the test match between the All Blacks and the Springboks at Westpac Stadium tonight. Gates open at 5.30pm for the 7:35pm kickoff, and there will be more seating on regular services to get passengers to the stadium as well as additional services later for the homeward journey. There will …

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Ferry sailings restricted on Harbour this afternoon

Metlink advise that adverse weather conditions have forced a restricted timetable for ferry harbour sailings this afternoon. Ferries will depart Queens Wharf at 4:30pm, 5:30pm and 6:30pm, and from Days Bay Wharf at 4:55pm, 6:00pm and 6:55pm. There will be  no sailings in or out of Seatoun this afternoon. Metlink apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Reduced peak services on Johnsonville Line tonight

Metlink advise that due to a signal fault at Khandallah, train services will run during peak time tonight every half hour with services departing Wellington every .17 and .44 past the hour. Services affected: Northbound: The 4.02pm service from Wellington to Johnsonville has been cancelled. The 4.32pm service from Wellington to Johnsonville has been cancelled. Southbound: …

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Traffic lights proposed for Hataitai

The peaceful fast-food mecca of Hataitai, already reeling from the decision by Metlink to terminate the #14 route in the village, may now get traffic lights at its intersection. Wellington City Council is seeking feedback on the proposed installation of traffic lights and signals for drivers, bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians at the crossroads in Hataitai …

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Terrace Tunnel closed tonight

The Terrace Tunnel on SH1 will close tonight from 9:00pm for monthly maintenance, reopening Tuesday morning at 5:30am. Northbound traffic is advised to leave turn right off Karo Drive SH1 on to Willis Street, then turn left onto Boulcott Street, continuing on to Clifton Terrace using the Clifton Terrace Onramp and back on to SH1. …

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Tumbleweeds in central city as free-parkers stage protest

The central city was a dead zone on the weekend, as thousands of motorists spat with venom on the first weekend of Wellington City Council’s imposition of paid parking charges for places on weekends, which has been widely reviled with 600 complaints. By Mark Cubey The weekend dissolved into chaos early on as motorists who …

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Crash closes left lane after J’ville off-ramp [UPDATED]

UPDATE: The crash ins now cleared and all lanes are open. Congestion remains back past the Newlands off-ramp and will take a while to clear.   EARLIER STORY: Motorists heading north out of Wellington are advised that a crash around 3:00pm today has blocked the left northbound lane of SH1 after the Johnsonville off-ramp. NZTA advises …

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Next stops for bus meetings after Khandallah: Miramar, Petone, Berhampore

The southern suburbs have been added to the list of public meetings to discuss Wellington’s public transport woes, after meetings in Kilbirnie, Karori and Khandallah. Tuesday night’s public meeting at the Khandallah Town Hall to discuss bus services covering Broadmeadows, Khandallah, Ngaio and Crofton Downs was “very well chaired” according to Ohariu MP Greg O’Connor. …

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Wellington.Scoop opinion: the bustastrophe decade

The roots of Wellington’s current transport problems go back more than a decade, and can largely be attributed to avoidance of a rail solution, argues BRENT EFFORD in an opinion for Wellington.Scoop. Content from 4 September provided by Wellington.Scoop. Read more writing about Wellington issues, with reader feedback at http://wellington.scoop.co.nz/ The roots of the bustastrophe …

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Bus stop and parking goes as Oriental Bay change work begins

The 6513 bus stop on Oriental Parade by Chaffers Marina will be permanently removed on Monday as work begins on the section of Oriental Parade between Herd Street and Freyberg Pool. Most of the parking spaces between Herd Street and the Freyberg Pool will be temporarily out of action while the work happens. The 350m …

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Restricted Harbour Ferry sailings this morning

Metlink advise that the weather conditions this morning (Wednesday 5th September) have restricted Harbour Ferry sailings to the following timetable: Departing Queens Wharf: 7.15am, 8.20am Departing Days Bay Wharf: 7.45am, 8.45am This means there will be no sailings in or out of Seatoun this morning. Metlink apologise for any inconvenience.  

Your high five events for Wednesday 5 September

Cycling in cities, equality for women, Helen Clark, teens and porn, and famine awards. Cities, the primary human habitat, are wasteful, damaging and running up against environmental limits. A lunchtime seminar, Can the Bicycle Save the City?, sees three speakers suggesting that it is not only the use of the bicycle that shapes the way …

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Bus talks head north tonight

Residents from Ngaio, Khandallah and Broadmeadows get their chance tonight to talk about the changes to Wellington’s public transport system. Representatives from Metlink and the Greater Wellington Regional Council will be at a public meeting to discuss the new bus services – numbers 22, 24, 25 and 26 – operated for them by Tranzit. They …

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Ferries cancelled as severe weather warning continues

Severe southerly gales gusting up to 120kmh in exposed places have caused slips, flooding and ferry cancellations across the Wellington region. This morning’s 3:30am Interislander sailing of the  Kaiarahi was cancelled, as has its 9:05am sailing from Picton. The 9:00am departure of the Kaitaki from Wellington is still scheduled to take place. Passengers with bookings …

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Wellington scores $1.92b from NLTP, but highway projects on pause

Wellington will receive around an eighth of the record $16.9b to be spent nationwide as part of the 2018/21 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP), published Friday by the NZ Transport Agency. The region will receive $1.92 billion invested over three years, with $759 million going to the improvement or maintenance of existing state highways (including …

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Only let the rubber meet the road

September is when more motorcycles start to hit the road – in all ways. Staying safe is vital. Motorcycle use is increasingly popular in New Zealand, with a 60 per cent increase in motorcycle travel on the road in the last ten years. Unfortunately, motorcycles are also involved in more crashes. In 2016, motorcycles were …

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Laidlaw must resign for “lasagne of failure”

It was standing room only at Karori West Normal School last night as around 300 people related their frustration and anger with the changes to Wellington’s bus service, and called for the chair of the Regional Council to resign. The first speaker congratulated the Greater Wellington Regional Council for “stuffing up the whole system” which …

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Stop/Go at Cuba/Arthur/Karo

A Stop/Go sequence will be in place overnight on Wednesday and Thursday, from 7:00pm through to 5:30am, at the Cuba/Karo/Arthur St intersection. NZTA advise that this is for traffic signal cabinet repairs, and that roadworks are dependent on weather and other factors,  

Metlink Live gets underway with Kilbirnie forum

Last night saw the launch of Metlink Live, a Facebook forum “developed to listen further” to concerns about changes to Wellington’s public transport network. Mark Cubey got amongst it. Metlink Live: On Our Way is a new initiative: digital, live-chat sessions that lets communities question the Metlink transport team, and share experiences so they might …

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Terrace tunnel now open after fatal crash [UPDATED]

UPDATE: The Terrace Tunnel is now OPEN in both directions. A fatal crash in the southbound lane of the Wellington Motorway just south of the Terrace Tunnel around 7:00am this morning closed the Terrace Tunnel in both directions. Police advise emergency services are responding to the crash which involved a collision between a truck and a …

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Council confirms end to weekend parking

Users of Council street parking spaces on weekends will pay up to $2.50 per hour from 8 September after this morning’s meeting of the Wellington City Council confirmed the resolution from last week’s City Strategy Committee meeting to end free parking on weekends. Parking fees will now be charged between 8:00am and 6:00pm on weekends …

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Public bus meetings extend to northern suburbs

A meeting for public transport users in Ngaio, Khandallah, Broadmeadows and surrounding areas will be held next Tuesday, joining already scheduled consultation meetings in Karori and Miramar. The meeting for northern suburbs residents is an opportunity to find out from Greater Wellington Regional Council (Metlink) about the new bus services in the area (numbers 22, …

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Metlink launch live Facebook sessions with Kilbirnie forum

From 7:30pm on Tuesday night, Metlink invited bus users of Kilbirnie and surrounding areas to contribute to a discussion about experiences with the new public transport system. Metlink have raised Hubs, Capacity and Timeliness as key issues. The discussion is at facebook.com/MetlinkOnOurWay and The Wellington App will be covering the discussion. Karori will be next …

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Raumati crash blocks traffic [UPDATE: NOW CLEARED]

A crash earlier this afternoon blocked the left northbound lane and right southbound lane before the Raumati South off-ramp on State Highway 1 has now been cleared.

Laidlaw takes it on the chin at angry bus meeting

Greater Wellington Regional Council chair Chris Laidlaw bore the brunt of the audience’s anger at a public meeting about Wellington’s bus network yesterday. The noisy meeting at St Pats College, Kilbirnie, was chaired by Rongotai MP Paul Eagle. It attracted around 300 members of the public from the southern and eastern suburbs who were vocal …

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Delays caused by crash in Porirua, and Remutuka Hill roadworks [UPDATED]

The crash that blocked the right southbound lane after the Mungavin interchange on State Highway 1 near Porirua has now been cleared. All lanes are now clear, but NZTA advises that southbound delays continue, back to the Paremata roundabout. Traffic will also be subject to multiple stoppages all this week on Remutaka Hill State Highway 2 …

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Leaning airport tower may be last of its kind

The new Airways air traffic control tower at Rongotai may be the last such physical structure built in New Zealand. Photos by Mark Cubey The $20.18 million tower opened on Thursday after a two-and-a-half year build by Hawkins Construction. It has been built to meet 100 per cent of the building code for a structure …

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Free parking axed on weekends

From September, Wellingtonians driving to the city on the weekend will have to pay up to $5:00 for two hours’ parking in what were formerly free parking spaces. Charges for coupon parking and permits have also been increased. by Mark Cubey A meeting of the City Strategy Committee of the Wellington City Council voted today …

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Strong wind warning on Remutaka Hill

NZTA is warning drivers to take extra care on SH2 Remutaka Hill because of strong winds this afternoon. Particular care should be taken by anyone driving a high-sided vehicle or on a motorcycle.  

Pass of Branda bank work to close Breaker Bay Rd

The stormy weather on Monday night caused slips in Onslow Road, South Makara Road and Grosvenor Terrace, Wadestown, as well as flooding in Ngaio, Seatoun, and on the Hutt Road. The weather also affected the bank at the Pass of Branda (above), which was closed for a few days in June after a slip. The …

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SH58 at Paremata closed to westbound traffic

SH58 at Paremata is closed to westbound traffic near Postgate Roundabout due to emergency pavement repairs. The eastbound lanes remain open but NZTA are asking motorists to avoid the area if possible.

Crash closes SH58 [UPDATED – now cleared]

NZTA report that due to a crash near Moonshine Road, SH58 has been closed between the Pauatahanui roundabout and the SH2 Haywards interchange. [UPDATE: Road users are advised the road is now open with a traffic diversion at the incident site.] A truck hit a power pole, causing significant damage to attached lines. Traffic delays will …

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What Metlink are doing to improve the bus problems

A month after the introduction of changes designed to improve Wellington’s public transport network, Metlink have recognised that for many passengers, the changes aren’t working for them yet. In a statement, Metlink acknowledge that “the change has been uncomfortable, disruptive and at times inefficient. “It’s become obvious as we work to make it better, that …

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Bus route 18 to be restored after public pressure

The Greater Wellington Regional Council announced yesterday that the route 18 bus service between Miramar and Karori, via Newtown Hospital and Massey and Victoria Universities, will be returned to an off-peak operation, from its present peak-only schedule. This goes part of the way to answering calls for change at last week’s Sustainable Transport meeting. It …

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Lane closures and delays at Mackays Crossing

Major works at Mackays Crossing between Paekakariki and  Paraparaumu are continuing until the end of the month. NZTA advise road users should expect lane closures and an 80km/h speed restriction in both directions until works are complete. Motorists are asked to adhere to lowered speed limit and take extra care.  

Tunnel and offramp closures tonight on SH1

NZTA advise that SH1 through the Mount Victoria Tunnel will be closed tonight for maintenance from 9:00pm until 5:30am Wednesday 15 August. Traffic should detour around Oriental Bay, over Palliser Road, or through Newtown. At the same time, the Murphy Street offramp from the SH1 motorway will also be undergoing maintenance. Southbound motorists who need …

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Delays to southbound traffic on SH1 after crash [UPDATED]

NZTA report this crash is now clear, but delays remain on SH1, back to the Paremata roundabout, and on SH58 by James Cook Drive. A crash has blocked the two right hand southbound lanes of SH1 just after the Whitford Brown intersection between Porirua and Paremata. Queues on SH1 are now back to Mana. There …

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Slow down for Tawa to Porirua road works

NZTA advise that due to project road works there is a 70km/h temporary speed restriction in both directions on SH1 from Tawa to Porirua. For southbound traffic there is a temporary road layout in place and an uneven road surface. Road users are advised to adhere to the lowered speed limit and take care at …

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Crash at Mungavin Interchange

A crash has blocked the right northbound lane of State Highway 1 south of the Mungavin Interchange. Traffic heading north towards Porirua should expect delays, and pass with care. Meanwhile, southbound traffic on Ngauranga Gorge is now flowing freely as the truck breakdown that caused delays to traffic is now clear.

Newtown meeting threatens fare revolt

A near-capacity crowd at the Newtown Community Centre last night aired their frustrations at Wellington’s public transport system. Over 100 people attended the meeting, with many speaking out against the changes that have continued to cause problems for passengers and drivers since 15 July. Event organiser Kara Lipski said that a public strike on fare …

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Your high five events for Monday 13 August

Architecture is to the fore in two events today, along with talks about poems, truth, and Dame Robin White. It’s the last week of Struggling Cities: from Japanese Urban Projects in the 1960s, a free travelling exhibition from the Japan Foundation at The Atrium, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Victoria University of Wellington, 139 Vivian …

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Southbound delays on SH1 this week

Southbound lane closures on the State Highway 1 Kapiti Expressway are expected to cause travel delays this morning – and all this week. The New Zealand Transport Authority report that lane closures for road surface repairs will be in effect Monday to Friday this week from 4:30am to 8:30pm. Motorists are advised to adhere to …

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SH1 down to one lane at Paremata roundabout after truck rolls

Motorists planning to head north on State Highway 1 from Wellington this evening are asked to delay their journey or choose another route. A truck and trailer unit with a digger on board, rolled earlier today at the Paremata roundabout and SH1 at Paremata train station is down to one lane Police advise that a …

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Zoomy cuts deal with airport, supports Beervana

Local rideshare company Zoomy is hoping to increase ridership with two new initiatives. Commuters frustrated by Wellington’s public transport problems over the last few weeks have been increasingly using taxis, and the services of the best-known rideshare company, offshore giant Uber. But the locally owned and operated app-based company Zoomy, which operates in Auckland and …

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Bringing back the Number 18

Yesterday’s meeting of the Sustainable Transport Committee of the Greater Wellington Regional Council voted unanimously for the reinstatement of off-peak services on the #18 Metlink bus route. A number of speakers at the meeting spoke of the difference this would make to commuters from Miramar and Karori, and for students at Victoria University of Wellington. …

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GWRC transport meeting owns bus problems, suggests solutions

This morning’s meeting of the Sustainable Transport Committee of the Greater Wellington Regional Council saw councillors fronting up to the problems that have plagued Wellington bus passengers since the changes to the public transport system from 15 July. by Mark Cubey The meeting discussed a staff report to councillors that called the city’s ongoing bus …

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MacKays Crossing offramp closed tonight [updated]

The New Zealand Transport Agency have advised that the northbound offramp at MacKays Crossing on SH1 will be closed again from 9:00pm tonight, Tuesday 7 August, due to paving works. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. The offramp is expected to reopen by 5:30am tomorrow, Wednesday 8 August. The NZTA asks motorists to note …

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Trolleys to return as a battery fleet

A fleet of 50 old Wellington trolley buses will be converted to pure battery electric buses by NZ Bus as part of the latest round of subsidies from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, in its efforts to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles. The converted trolley buses will be charged at the Karori depot (above) and Kilbirnie. NZ Bus, which is …

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Buses replace some evening train services on the Hutt Valley Line

Metlink advise that buses are replacing some evening trains on the Hutt Valley Line between Wellington and Upper Hutt until Wednesday 8 August. This work is part of the regular maintenance projects across the network to reduce possible delays. Manor Park will be serviced by a shuttle picking up and dropping off passengers between Silverstream …

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What happened to the GWRC public transport report?

A report on the public transport changes in Wellington since 15 July is scheduled to be presented to the Greater Wellington Regional Council tomorrow. The Sustainable Transport Committee of the Greater Wellington Regional Council has its next meeting at 9.30am tomorrow, Wednesday 8 August. GWRC policy is for reports to be published on their web …

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SH2 on-ramp faces closure after 85 crashes in five years

The New Zealand Transport Agency and the Hutt City Council are proposing to permanently close a State Highway 2 on-ramp in the Hutt Valley for safety reasons. Grounsell Crescent and the northbound on-ramp in the Belmont area have frequently been the scenes of excessive speed and crashes for a number of years. There were 85 …

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Bond Street to become Electric Avenue

An electric vehicle charger currently being installed in the refurbished Bond Street precinct is one of four new sites being readied to service EVs in the city. The initiative is in response to the growth in electric vehicle uptake, and demand for charging facilities. The number of EVs in New Zealand is more than doubling …

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Two people critically injured when car crashes into tree

Police and emergency services attended a crash involving a car which hit a tree on Titahi Bay Road in Porirua near midnight on Saturday 4 August. The single vehicle crash occurred after the car, travelling at speed, lost control at a round-about near Lyttelton Avenue. The two occupants of the vehicle were critically injured and …

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Do you want weekend parking charges?

Wellington City Council is proposing to introduce hourly parking fees in the city centre during the weekend, and to increase charges for parking coupons and permits. You have until Tuesday to have your say. The Council proposes to introduce a two-tier hourly parking fee system on weekends in the city from 1 September. It says …

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Rock works on Remutaka Hill until Friday

Rock face works are taking place today on Remutaka Hill, State Highway 2, and will continue to Friday. A Stop/Go procedure will be in place near the summit on Wednesday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm There will be a temporary speed restriction of 30 km/hr. Road users are advised to stop on request. Roadworks are …

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LINEMEN signs will change to LINE CREW after request from seven-year-old

A letter to the NZTA from seven-year-old Hutt Valley girl Zoe Carew has led to the agency moving to replace “linemen” signs with a revised “line crew” wording. In the letter to Fergus Gammie, chief executive of the New Zealand Transport Agency, Zoe Carew explained how while being driven by her father to visit her grandparents …

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Contraflow at MacKays Crossing this week

The New Zealand Transport Agency advises that a contraflow lane will be in place this week on SH1 at MacKays Crossing between Paekakariki and Paraparaumu. The lane will be in place from today through to Saturday, from 5:30am to 7:00pm. This is to allow project works, though these are dependent on weather and other factors. …

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Reduced seating for peak morning Hutt and Kapiti train services

Metlink have advised that some morning peak services will have reduced seating over the next week, due to fleet maintenance. Metlink have issued an apology for the inconvenience caused and appreciate the patience of passengers as they work to resolve this as quickly as possible. Today, Kapiti Line services affected include the 6:46am service from …

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Train services resume after track fault

Metlink report that services between Wellington and Porirua have now resumed following resolution of this afternoon’s track fault. All train services between Wellington and Porirua have been given clearance The first northbound service to depart Wellington was the 3:33pm from Wellington to Porirua. Buses will continue to operate between Wellington and Waikanae while Metlink returns …

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[UPDTED] Haywards Hill clear after crash

[UDATED] NZTA advises that as of 8:55am the crash near the intersection of Moonshine Road on SH5 Haywards Hill has now been cleared. At 7:40am this morning, NZTA advised reports of a crash blocking one lane of SH58 on Haywards Hill near the intersection with Moonshine Road. NZTA thanks motorists for their patience.  

Kapiti line trains are now back and running to the train timetable

Metlink advise that all train services on the Kapiti line have returned to timetable following this morning’s issue of track misalignment, which has now been resolved. Kapiti line tickets will still be accepted on the Johnsonville line for the remainder of the day.

Wellington/Porirua trains suspended due to possible track obstruction

Metlink have advised all train services between Wellington and Porirua on the Kapiti line are currently suspended due to a possible track obstruction. A crew is currently on site checking the track. Buses are currently operating between Wellington and Porirua. There will be trains shuttling between Porirua and Waikanae, but these will not run to timetable. …

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Driver stoush continues between Tramways and Tranzit

Arguments and contrary claims continue to fly between the union representing bus drivers and their employer. Tramways Union Secretary Kevin O’Sullivan sent a formal invitation yesterday to Tranzit Group managing director Paul Snelgrove inviting him to a Friday meeting at Trades Hall to commence bargaining. He says that the union wants to settle a fair …

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Going deep on the new bus timetables and routes

A fact-filled article published today by our friends at Wellington Scoop takes a long (3000-word) hard look at the new bus routes and timetables. Mike Flinn, a former assistant general manager of Wellington City Transport, goes beyond the initial teething problems with the introduction of the new contracts and services, and considers the suitability of …

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Hutt and school bus services unaffected by industrial action, says Metlink

Metlink are reporting no major delays to Hutt Valley bus services this morning, with all school services including Hutt Valley routes running as normal. Fifty bus drivers on Hutt Valley routes employed by Tranzit began industrial action at 5:00am this morning. Drivers cut their daily hours to a standard eight-hour day with breaks, protesting what …

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Rideshare company celebrates a year in Wellington with half-price fares

Zoomy, the local alternative to global rideshare giant Uber is rewarding its Wellington passengers with unlimited half-price fares this week. Photo by Victor Xok on Unsplash Given what’s been happening with the public transport network, it’s serendipitous timing for Zoomy, who celebrate their one-year anniversary this Friday with a half-price offer on all rides. Zoomy is a ridesharing …

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Bus drivers start industrial action as students return to school

Continuing public transport problems with the Wellington region’s bus network will be further affected as Hutt Valley bus drivers begin industrial action, and returning school students boost passengers numbers. Fifty bus drivers on Hutt Valley routes employed by Tranzit began industrial action at 5:00am this morning. The action is expected to affect services throughout the …

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Commerce Commission files proceedings against Wilson Parking, seeks penalty

Content provided by BusinessDesk, “the only business news source you need”; 10-day free trial available at https://www.businessdesk.co.nz/ By Margreet Dietz July 20 (BusinessDesk) – The Commerce Commission has filed proceedings against Wilson Parking, alleging New Zealand’s biggest parking company substantially lessened competition for the supply of car parking in the Boulcott Street area in central Wellington when …

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Frustrated passengers on first week day of new transport system

Wellington commuters are heading off to work this morning hoping for smoother travel on the Metlink public transport network. A passenger-generated sign at a Hataitai bus stop last week expressed the frustration of early morning passengers. Buses didn’t turn up, went the wrong way, were too full, or all came at once, causing frustration for …

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Snapper extends reach, vocabulary and display

The Snapper payment system is now operating for Metlink public transport across the Wellington region. Passengers will still receive notifications by audio messages and on screen, but depending on which services they have been using, some features will be new. The Snapper payment system is now in use on all Transit, NZ bus, Userbus and …

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Bus hubs not ready, but solutions in place

Most of the bus hubs that form a key part of Wellington’s new public transport system are not finished – or even started – yet. But temporary setups and shelters are in place, with Metlink AmBUSsadors in place to help passengers get to the right place to get on the right bus. A temporary Metlink …

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Crash between Paekakariki and Pukerua Bay causes delays

Motorists are advised to delay their travel on State Highway 1 on the Kapiti Coast following a crash this afternoon. A truck and two cars collided in the northbound lane between Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki. Traffic has been at a standstill in the area and motorists are being advised to expected lengthy delays. The NZ …

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Car park closing to house ballet dancers

The Michael Fowler Centre car park will close next Saturday, 21 July, so that construction can start on a temporary home for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Assembly of the prefabricated building by the Wellington City Council will start in the car park on Monday 23 July, and is expected to take three to four …

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Snapper upgrade and Foodbank offer in Newlands

As part of the public transport changes happening on Sunday 15 July, northern suburbs residents will be no longer be able to use their Mana/Newlands bus cards. But they shouldn’t throw them away. Wellington community centre advocate Vanessa Lyall at Newlands Community Centre Northern suburbs residents with a Mana/Newlands bus card will not be able …

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Bike racks and lanes enhance city cycling plan

A series of improvements designed to make central city cycling more pleasant include improved waterfront connections, covered parking for bikes, and new and extended bike lanes. Bike rack with knitted foot by Wellington City Library. New racks in Grey Street are promised to be much flasher. Motorbike parking on Grey Street moves around the corner …

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Go Wellington becomes Stop Wellington this morning

Metlink have advised that a large number of Go Wellington bus services have been cancelled this morning. Over 30 routes have been affected throughout Wellington, with drivers facing redundancy not turning up to work. Services are being cancelled in Metlink’s Real-Time Information system. Passengers are advised to check RTI signs at bus stops or RTI on …

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Bus route changes for Saturday’s Sky Show

The Wellington Sky Show, the inaugural display of fireworks above the harbour to mark Matariki ki Pōneke 2018, takes place this Saturday from 6:30 to 6:40pm (postponement date is Sunday 8 July). Because of the display, buses will not be able to travel on Oriental Parade and Evans Bay Road between Cable Street and Cobham …

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Snapper off the menu for WCC parking

The payment system Snapper is being removed as a payment option on Wellington City Council parking meters. The council is removing the Snapper option following damage caused to around half of the city’s 500 pay-and-display meters by new ANZ credit/debit cards that feature braille dots designed to help visually-impaired people enter the cards the right …

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Big spend for airport terminal revamp

The main terminal building at Wellington Airport is getting its biggest makeover since it opened in 1999. Preliminary demolition work has begun ahead of a $15 million upgrade of approximately 6000 square metres in the main terminal’s public area on level one, which houses mainly food and beverage outlets alongside clothing, book and gift stores. …

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Learn how Vancouver handles transport (updated)

The manager of transportation planning for the city of Vancouver, Canada, is holding a public presentation in Wellington tomorrow Dale Bracewell is steering Transportation 2040, the British Columbian city’s high-level vision for all modes of transport, with specific mobility and safety goals. Vancouver achieved its interim target of 50 percent of all daily trips by …

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Trains on Johnsonville line suspended

Following a slip on to the tracks at Wadestown this morning, all services are currently suspended on the Johnsonville line. Metlink are trying to organise buses however no buses are currently available. Commuters are advised to make alternative travel arrangements. Maintenance crews are on their way to the site of the slip to assess the …

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Region’s mayors support new government plan for transport

The mayors of Wellington, Lower Hutt and Porirua have all welcomed the new 10-year plan for transport from Government which promises to unlock record investment in the roads, rail and public transport. Minister of Transport Phil Twyford announced the Government Policy Statement (GPS) 2018 on Land Transport today. It increases investment from $3.6 billion in …

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Crash closes Paekakariki Hill Road

Paekakariki Hill Road is currently closed following a crash. Police advise that a car has reportedly gone off the road on the Paekakariki side. Emergency services were called to the scene shortly before 8.00am A car has gone off the road and is around 60 metres down a bank on the Paekakariki side. One person is …

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