Manners Mall Buses By Xmas


Work is ramping up now in Wellington’s inner-city Manners Mall this week and buses will be travelling through it by Christmas.

The changes will enable buses to travel in both directions from the railway station to Courtenay Place through Lambton Quay, Willis Street and Manners Street, restoring the route trams and buses used before Manners Mall was created in the late 1970s.

And over the next month, Wellingtonians will also be able to have another say on a proposal to reduce the speed limit on the remainder of the Golden Mile and in some adjoining streets from 50kmh to 30kmh and a proposed 10kmh speed limit for the planned new shared space in lower Cuba Street. The lower speed limits were flagged back in November 2008 as part of the proposal to create a more direct bus route and feedback at that stage was supportive. The council is now required to carry out a more thorough consultation under its speed limits bylaw.

In Manners Mall, over the next few weeks, new stormwater drains will be laid across the mall at various points. A new two-way bus-only roadway with wide paved footpaths on either side will then be constructed. The work will be carried out in sections to help minimise disruption and ensure pedestrians can still walk through and get to shops, businesses and food outlets.
Work on the new shared space, where pedestrians will have priority, is planned to start early next year once the new route is operational. Manners Street will continue to be a major pedestrian thoroughfare with wide paved footpaths on either side.
Work is also under way in Willis Street and at the Courtenay Place/Taranaki Street intersection. The work at Courtenay/Taranaki includes changes near Te Aro Park to allow buses to travel two ways on Manners Street, and some safety improvements. More pedestrians have been hit at this intersection than anywhere else in the city.
In Willis Street, the central island near Mercer Street has been removed so buses can travel in both directions. Over the next six weeks, the road between Mercer and Manners streets will be widened. Some trees south of Bond Street will be removed but these will be replaced and some additional trees planted.





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