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Greens celebrate funding revolution for Wellington walkways, cycleways, and public transport

The Green Party has welcomed the record level of investment for Wellington in clean, green transport choices like walking, cycling, new trains, and faster public transport.

Wellington based Green Party MP Gareth Hughes, said today:

“Wellington locals love cycling and walking in and around our city. That’s why I am stoked that this Government has announced funding for a separated pathway connecting the city and the Hutt Valley as part of the transport package.

“It’s a game changer for the city. It will eventually offer people the freedom to by-pass the morning traffic and walk, cycle, or run to work along the Harbour’s edge.

“The $613 million forecast for public transport is a 44 percent increase on the last three years. This kind of investment is critical to delivering more frequent, reliable services across Wellington.

“Over $100 million is earmarked for improving the rail lines up the Kapiti Coast and out to Wairarapa, which means more reliable, more frequent trains for commuters.  

“Better public transport is good for everyone as it means fewer cars on the road, less traffic noise and lower levels of pollution.

“This is the Green Party starting to deliver in Government on the issues we’ve campaigned for over decades. I congratulate Julie Anne Genter, our Associate Transport Minister, for her hard work in this space alongside Labour and NZ First”.

Investment highlights (sourced from the NLTP 2018-21 Regional Factsheet):

  • Let’s Get Wellington Moving to deliver a range of multi-modal improvements that work together including high-quality walking and cycling, better public transport, a smarter transport network, and selected road improvements.
  •  A $43 million investment in the Ngauranga to Petone section of the shared walking cycling path will provide a much needed walking/cycling connection between Wellington and the Hutt Valley and increase resilience by building a new seawall that will protect the shared path, the rail line and SH2.
  • A $106 million investment in two rail infrastructure projects will unlock Wellington metro rail network capacity and improve resilience.