Integrated Transport Strategy

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Lower Hutt is growing at a fast rate, with the 2020 population exceeding previous forecasts for 2030.

This has placed pressure on existing infrastructure, equating to a greater load on key transport links.

The new Integrated Transport Strategy is being developed to help tackle these growing challenges and meet the future needs of the city and its residents. It will:

  • Set a vision and direction for the future of Lower Hutt’s transport network, and
  • Consider how the council can ensure all parts of the city’s transport system work well together – including public transport, cycling, walking, private vehicles and micro-mobility (scooters etc).

Lower Hutt is growing at a fast rate, with the 2020 population exceeding previous forecasts for 2030.

This has placed pressure on existing infrastructure, equating to a greater load on key transport links.

The new Integrated Transport Strategy is being developed to help tackle these growing challenges and meet the future needs of the city and its residents. It will:

  • Set a vision and direction for the future of Lower Hutt’s transport network, and
  • Consider how the council can ensure all parts of the city’s transport system work well together – including public transport, cycling, walking, private vehicles and micro-mobility (scooters etc).
  • Second survey and community engagement

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    In addition to the first survey, we talked to key stakeholders and community leaders, looked at local travel data, and reviewed the key national, regional, and local policy requirements. From this it's clear that in the future we may have to change how we travel around Lower Hutt.

    Whilst people have told us they are willing to make changes in the way they travel if effective alternatives are available, the city faces important challenges and issues that are illustrated below.

    Although most residents use cars to travel within Lower Hutt, this contrasts with almost half of Hutt residents who travel into Wellington for work use public transport. This reflects the convenience of different modes of transport for different journeys.

    To address the challenges that have been identified we need to create a better balance between the attractiveness of different forms of transport.

    What will that mean for different ways of getting around? What will short trips within our neighbourhoods look like? What about longer trips? We would like to know about your travel needs and habits to help us get the balance right.


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  • First survey and community engagement

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    The survey was developed to identify the significant places and journeys made by people in the various communities of Lower Hutt, and any challenges and opportunities they may present.

    The top four negative experiences by category were:

    • Traffic congestion,
    • Road design/layout issues,
    • Unsafe for cyclists,
    • Unsafe driving behaviour.

    Whilst most respondents travel by car, many indicated a willingness to change. Respondents suggested they would use public transport, walk and cycle/scoot far more often if these alternatives were more effective and safer.

Page last updated: 04 October 2021, 17:43