About the project
The City Centre Masterplan envisages Wellesley Street as the main east-west bus route through midtown.
The Wellesley Street Bus Improvements project (WSBI) will be delivered in stages and when complete it will provide improvements for people on foot and those using public transport across the full length of the street from Victoria Park to Grafton Gully, connecting the Learning Quarter, Aotea Station, the New Zealand International Convention Centre and Victoria Quarter.
Widened and improved footpaths in the central part of Wellesley Street will accommodate the large numbers of people that will use Aotea Station, providing better connections into the city.
Buses have already been moved off Victoria Street allowing Te Hā Noa - Victoria Street linear park to be realised.
The first stage of WSBI focusses on the section of Wellesley Street between Albert Street and Queen Street. This area is being prioritised to support the opening of Aotea Station in 2024, which is expected to become New Zealand’s busiest train station and will have an entrance on Wellesley Street.
In conjunction with Stage 1 of Te Hā Noa - Victoria Street linear park, WSBI will ensure the area around Aotea Station entrances will be accessible and welcoming for the thousands of people who are expected to arrive there every day.
With the completion of Stage 1, people using the City Rail Link will find:
- six east-bound and six-west bound bus stops between Albert Street and Queen Street
- wider footpaths on both sides of the road to accommodate the additional bus stops and the people expected to come here
- an improved midblock crossing between Bledisloe Lane and Elliott Street
- a complete urban realm upgrade using high-quality materials.
The construction of stage one is expected to start in 2023 and will be complete in time for the opening of the Aotea Station late 2024.
Public engagement on the design and integration of Stage 1, the public space surrounding the station is running from 6 October to 3 November 2021.