Light rail from the city to Island Bay and a new tunnel through Mt Victoria have been backed by the Government in the $7.4 billion Let’s Get Wellington Moving project – the biggest change in how Wellingtonians get around in decades.
The second Mt Victoria tunnel would have four lanes – two for public transport and two for private cars. The old Mt Victoria tunnel would be converted into a walking and cycling-only route. The plan includes improvements to traffic around the Basin Reserve.
“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to shape Wellington’s future, align transport and urban development, and help to address the climate crisis by moving more people with fewer vehicles,” said Finance Minister Grant Robertson at the announcement on Wednesday morning.