Knights Road Connection Project

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The Knights Road Connection Project is one of several pilot projects funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency that aim to create more people-friendly spaces in our towns and cities. The Innovating Streets programme provides the resources and support for Councils to work with their communities to find solutions that work for the people that use the streets and spaces the most.

Creating streets and spaces that are more people-friendly make it easier to choose active modes of transport. This is important because New Zealand has a goal of 40% mode shift towards active transport and public transport by 2030

The Knights Road Connection Project is one of several pilot projects funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency that aim to create more people-friendly spaces in our towns and cities. The Innovating Streets programme provides the resources and support for Councils to work with their communities to find solutions that work for the people that use the streets and spaces the most.

Creating streets and spaces that are more people-friendly make it easier to choose active modes of transport. This is important because New Zealand has a goal of 40% mode shift towards active transport and public transport by 2030. Working towards this goal will reduce congestion, help to meet climate targets and improve health. It's a big shift in a short time, and so this iterative way of working allows solutions to be tested quickly and cost effectively in the real world by all affected road users while change to the layout can still be made.

The aim is for more people to feel comfortable using active non-motorised modes of transport (bikes, scooters, e-scooters etc) for some of their shorter, regular journeys, or for the last kilometre after public transport. This will reduce the congestion and pressure on off-road parking, freeing up space for people for whom active modes are not practical. For people to feel comfortable using active transport there needs to be a safe, convenient and connected network that goes to the places people need to go to.

We’re trialling a new road layout along Knights Road connecting Waterloo Station to the Lower Hutt CBD. The aim of the trial is to make the journey a safer and more attractive connection regardless of how you choose to get around.

The new layout will create better connections between the Lower Hutt CBD, local schools, homes and workplaces and the public transport and active transport facilities at Waterloo station. The purpose of trialling these changes on the road is so that everyone who uses the road can see and feel the new layouts while there is still the potential to change them. We want to hear what is working, and what is not.

Our vision

Our bold goal is to find, through temporary trials, a design that becomes an attractive, well used shared-mode connection between Waterloo Station and the Lower Hutt CBD. We want students from local schools, and staff at local businesses to use the new road layout for commuting, improving the experience of all those that use the route.

Through the trial we are working with road users to find a safer layout for all modes of transports. Children on bikes, people on e-scooters and people walking on the footpath should feel safe using thing key connection, creating real transport choice.

Why did we choose Knights Road?

In Lower Hutt and across Wellington there is a lot of investment in shared paths and off-road cycleways, such as the Wainuiomata Shared Pathway, the new Beltway route under construction, the increasingly popular Hutt River Trail and the Melling to Ngauranga cycleway. These types of facilities are generally seen as safe, and allow travel between local suburbs and are close to public transport. What is missing is connections between these key routes, at key points, to the places people want to go - especially schools, shopping areas and workplaces.

  • Knights Road is the connecting road between the public transport hubs at Waterloo Station and Queensgate.
  • It is the link between the new Beltway route and Lower Hutt's CBD.
  • There are six local schools on or near by Knights Road, and congestion at pick up and drop off times is an issue for all of them.
  • Speed data along Knights Road showed that an unacceptable number of vehicles are exceeding 50km/h and some are driving at very high speeds for an urban environment.
  • It is a wide road with enough space to trial changes to the road layout.

On this basis, a Knights Road connection to improve the connectivity of existing and planned shared paths and cycleways was first proposed as part of an urban cycleways package that included the Wainuiomata Shared Path (completed 2019, the Beltway Cycleway and the Eastern Bays Shared Path.

What has happened so far?

From July to October 2020, the Knights Road Connection project team ran a series of workshops and engagements with residents, schools and the local community to better understand their experiences on Knights Road, what is working well and what might need to change to make the connection work better for more people.

The most common and consistent feedback we received was that the intersection outside Waterloo Station was of key concern. Vehicle speeds, and turning movements, with high numbers of pedestrians, children on bikes and e-scooters, and people with disabilities were listed as the main concerns. On this basis, the scope of the project was extended to include this intersection.

Another of the themes of the early engagement was the community’s desire for a physical space featuring local art, native birds and seating that could act as a place to stay informed about the project. The Birch Street pop-up park was created to meet this need. Artwork has been created from students from Hutt Intermediate School, Sacred Heart College and MIX. Materials have been donated from local businesses and are recycled or upcycled.

This space is for community to use and over time will include updates about the project through signboards and events.

Pop-up park at event on Friday 4 DecemberEngagement at Queensgate


During our engagement we asked for feedback on a proposed layout (shown below) which came from previous engagement and consultations about layouts for different modes of transport.


From our early engagement based around this layout option we heard:

  • The median strip was of critical importance to residents turning into and out of driveways.
  • The on-street parking on the south side was used much less than the north side, and often by people commuting by train to Wellington. The median strip was a higher priority to residents than on-street parking on the south side.
  • Layout of a separated path for bikes and scooters inside of parked cars was 'Island Bay' and would cause problems for people exiting vehicles, especially with the camber (curve) of the road.
  • Having bikes, scooters and people on other quick wheeled modes on the footpath made pedestrians fell unsafe and residents worried about them when backing out of their driveways. The preference was to have these modes off the footpath.
  • That 'paint is not protection' and that without a physical separation of the marked pathway it would not be seen as safe by less confident people on bikes and scooters and therefore not used.
  • That parents, children, less confident riders felt that vehicles on Knights Road were moving too fast for it to be safe to use it to ride to work, school or for daily journeys.

We have been working with experts in road design and safety regulations to translate the views and ambitions of those we engaged with into a design that can be safely trialled on the road. The trial layout design has been created by experts in temporary trials and traffic management reviewed by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.

The first trial layout was installed between 14 and 25 February and is now complete with the exception of minor tweaks including additional signage.

What is being trialled?

Waterloo Station Intersection

Speed and movements at this intersection were identified as being of key concern for the safety of people using all modes of transport. Treatments being trialled to improve this include:

  • Speed cushions before each pedestrian crossing
  • Green flexi-bollards to prevent vehicles (including cyclists) cutting the corner at Pohutukawa and Oxford Streets at speed
  • Redding of the pedestrian crossings to improve visibility
  • Extension of the bus stops outside of Waterloo Station to give buses the space to pull in completely.

Layout and delineators


On the basis of the feedback received to date, the trial layout:

  • Retains the median strip
  • Off-street parking has been removed on the southern side of the trial section
  • Two different types of delineators are being trialled. The ‘wave’ is a new style of delineator being trialled on the south side as a more attractive and adaptable option compared to the more traditional flexiposts on the northern side
  • The driving lanes have been narrowed from 3.7m to 3m
  • The median strip has been narrowed slightly in some locations to 2.3m
  • Installation of two 1.5m micromobility lanes with a buffer on either side of 0.4m intended for use by e-scooters & longboards and all bikes
  • The northern off street parks changed to be 2.4m buffer between parks and new micromobility lanes.

What's next?

With the trial now fully installed we are starting the next monitoring and feedback phase.

During March, we are repeating counts and measures taken prior to the trial installation. These include:

  • Counts of pedestrians, people on bikes, scooters and other modes of transport
  • Vehicle counts and speed assessment
  • Monitoring of movements at Waterloo Station Intersection
  • Counts of bikes & scooters at local schools
  • Surveys at local schools

We’re engaging directly with local business and with service providers along the road to ask for their feedback on what is working and what isn’t.

Getting feedback from the people using Knights Road on how the trial looks, feels and is being used is really important.

There are different ways to share your feedback and experiences including online surveys below, hard copy surveys, social media polls, pop in sessions and workshops.

Details of all the face to face events are listed on our Facebook page and in the calendar opposite. Please note these are subject to change depending on Covid Alert Levels.

The data and feedback we receive, alongside real-time traffic monitoring during the trial will inform whether the initial trial layout is amended, extended down Knights Road or elements are removed.

How to get involved

We are trialling the temporary changes in real time, using your recommendations to find the best solution for the space and the community. We need to hear from you about what works well and anything that isn’t working from the trial layout.

We'll be posting regular project updates, running surveys and Facebook polls, and collecting your ideas on how you want the space to work.

Thank you to the more than 300 of you who have filled in the online surveys. These are now closed, so that we can collate and understand your feedback. You can still share your ideas on the project page, attending a workshop or pop in session and/or emailing us.

Share your idea here

If you would like to help out with the project please let us know by email.

Your feedback will be used alongside real-time traffic monitoring to help inform what might happen next.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Community feedback asked for more spaces to sit, more art along the way, and so we’re will be creating a welcoming rest and picnic place to wait for buses, enjoy lunch from nearby businesses or meet friends.

    There are two potential layout options - click vote now and tell us which you prefer!

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  • From June to December 2020, there have been a series of activities to inform and engage stakeholders about this project.  These have included: four rounds of letter drops, five public community workshops or displays, meetings with key stakeholders, engagement with schools, walking audits, the development of the pop-up park at Birch St, and the development of communications channels, including facebook.

    These engagements have changed the initial concept being trialled significantly, and broadened the scope of the trial to include the intersections in front of Waterloo Station.

    With the first temporary trial currently being installed, we are now hearing from people who have not engaged to date. We are about to begin the next round of feedback and engagement about the first trial, what works, what doesn't.

    The purpose of this Communicating with You survey is gain feedback on how we have engaged to date and get your feedback on the methods we are planning to use to engage with the community moving forward in order to improve and make sure it is possible for everyone to have their say. 

    Please click on the blue Communicating with You writing to have your say


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