Part B: Our work in detail

7 Transport

We look after hundreds of kilometres of streets and roads, as well as footpaths, cycle lanes, traffic signals, and car parks.

We also support public transport through bus priority measures, provide bus shelters, work suburb by suburb to improve traffic safety, and plan to ensure the city’s transport network meets future needs. We also work with stakeholders like Greater Wellington Regional Council and NZTA to improve networks and services in the city.

We fund these activities because a safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable transport system:

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Bar graph showing $35.2m Other and $22.8m rates Pie graph showing $7.7

Key objectives, activities and focus for 2016–19

Transport graph showing objectives

New for 2017/18 and key projectsTop

    2017/18 cost
New for 2017/18
  • LED street lighting: NZTA has provided a one-off opportunity to receive an 85 percent subsidy to assist with the conversion of 18,000 inefficient sodium and mercury vapour lights to highly efficient and versatile LED street lights. The cost of the total project is $15.2 million, and the Council’s portion of that is $2.3 million. There will be no additional impact on rates as we will fund this through existing budgets using a combination of 2016/17 transport carry forwards ($1m), deferral of CBD speed limits funding for one year ($1.3m) and other minor one-off adjustments to other programmes. A detailed business case is required to finalise funding, and determine the emission reduction and resilience benefits. It will be finalised later in the year.
  Additional $2.3m capital expenditure
Other key projects being advanced in 2017/18 include:
  • Cycleways: We have completed an extensive engagement process with the Island Bay community to address concerns about the current cycleway design. The next step is to develop options that will go out for public consultation later in 2017. Engagement on cycleways and implementation work will also continue in other parts of the city, including Thorndon and Miramar.
  Any additional costs to be confirmed once final option agreed
  • Let’s Get Wellington Moving: This project was launched with the key objectives of developing a resilient transport network that is reliable, efficient, and adaptable in addition to increasing active transport and reducing the use of private vehicles. The project team has been engaging with Wellingtonians on how best to achieve this, and will be consulting on proposals later in 2017.
  No additional cost in 2017/18

How we measure our performanceTop

Objectives What we measure Activities
  • Increased active mode share
  • Safe roads
  • Reliable transport routes
  • Reduced emissions
The quality and timeliness of the transport infrastructure and service (eight measures with targets) 7.1.1 Transport planning
7.1.2 Vehicle network
7.1.3 Cycle network
7.1.4 Passenger transport network
7.1.5 Pedestrian network
7.1.6 Network-wide control and management
7.1.7 Road safety
The quality of our parking provision (four measures with targets) 7.2.1 Parking

For details of individual performance measures and targets for each activity see the appendices.

Activity budgets (cost of service statements)Top

7.1 TRANSPORT 2016/17
Operating expenditure ($000) ($000)
7.1.1 - Transport planning 2,651 2,605
7.1.2 - Vehicle network 24,101 25,133
7.1.3 - Cycle network 1,376 1,802
7.1.4 - Passenger transport network 2,450 1,417
7.1.5 - Pedestrian network 7,061 7,469
7.1.6 - Network-wide control and management 7,525 7,744
7.1.7 - Road safety 6,353 6,504
Total operating expenditure 51,516 52,673
Capital expenditure ($000) ($000)
7.1.1 - Transport planning - -
7.1.2 - Vehicle network 21,558 22,414
7.1.3 - Cycle network 7,522 12,091
7.1.4 - Passenger transport network 888 1,116
7.1.5 - Pedestrian network 4,671 4,620
7.1.6 - Network-wide control and management 2,380 1,392
7.1.7 - Road safety 3,538 18,315
Total capital expenditure 40,557 59,950
7.2 PARKING 2016/17
Operating expenditure ($000) ($000)
7.2.1 - Parking 13,925 13,844
Total operating expenditure 13,925 13,844
Capital expenditure ($000) ($000)
7.2.1 - Parking 496 297
Total capital expenditure 496 297