Manners Buses In 6 Weeks


Problems have plagued the planned Manners Mall bus route development but the Wellington council is still working on it starting in six weeks, on Sunday November 28.

The kerbs are going in, the new road is in place and work to pave the footpaths on either side of the new busway through Manners Mall has just begun.

Over the next few weeks, two paving gangs will be working in the area at times to get the new footpaths laid as quickly as possible. Accessways will be in place to ensure people can still access all the shops and businesses.

Wellington City Council’s Infrastructure Director Stavros Michael agrees the project has “not been without incident.”

“We’ll have to put up with the barriers and artificial grass for a month or so yet, but we’re on the home straight now,” he says. “This has been a huge and difficult job in a very busy part of the city. We’re very grateful for the patience that businesses and retailers in the area and Wellingtonians have shown so far.”

Mr Michael says the early months of the project were plagued by extremely wet weather but with the worst of the excavation and concreting work now virtually complete, people will begin to see these areas taking shape.

Downer have completed the reconstruction and paving work in Willis Street, on all but one corner at the intersection of Willis and Manners streets, and outside Mr Thank You on the corner of Victoria and Manners streets.

“Work took longer than anticipated in some places but the new paving, kerbs and crossing points in these areas are all looking very good,” he says. “It is our intention that all of the work along the new two-way bus route will be completed to this high standard so these areas are an indication of how the whole area will look soon.”

Manners Mall will soon get buses

Over the next six weeks, all the remaining paving work will be completed, the new route will be resealed and new bus stops will be developed near Arty Bees Books and Burger King in Manners Street. The umbrella will be reinstalled in Cuba Mall near Dixon Street.

Transfield Services has been working through the night since early September to install shiny new trolley bus wiring along the new route so that the city’s electric buses will be able to travel in both directions through Willis and Manners street. The new shared space will be developed in lower Cuba Street next year




  1. antz says:

    I really think they need to install new trolleybus wiring for the whole of Wellington city, because some are starting to age now and it could cause some trolleys to dewire. it is also quite unsightly in most peoples opinion. (even though i quite like the jumble and mess they make in central, makes me think of a clean hong-kong)


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