Major Contract

LGWM - Mass Transit - City to Newtown

LGWM - Mass Transit - City to Newtown

Let's Get Wellington Moving (LGWM) is a program aimed at improving and better integrating Wellington's transport networks. It is a joint initiative between Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council, and the NZ Transport Agency.

As part of this program, there is a proposal to develop a mass transit link between the central city to Newtown along the waterfront quays. This forms phase one of a broader project that will subsequently extend the mass transit link out to the airport via Miramar. The aim of this project is to improve travel choice through Wellington.

Still yet to be decided is the vehicle type, route choice and extensions, integration with the wider public transport network and funding options.

Key Dates

2016 Project Announced


2016 Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council, and the NZ Transport Agency commenced work to devise a plan for the city's transport networks to ensure it can support forecast economic and population growth in Wellington and surrounding regions.
May 2019 LGWM released a Recommended Program of Investment, outlining a 20 year transport plan for Wellington. It provides details for NZ$6.4 billion (AU$6.13 billion) of proposed investment across a range of projects.
Nov 2019 Requests for Tender (RFTs) for professional services for business case development and contracts for the planning stage, including engineering, design and planning work were released, closing in December.
Mar 2020 The contract for the business case development on the mass rapid transit project was awarded to an international team, supported by GHD and Jacobs.
Feb 2021 The New Zealand Government announced that, following a review, the program would be changed to focus on projects that can commence construction by 2024. The major projects previously announced as part of the program have been delayed. The NZ Government announced indicative timelines for their completion would be revealed in July 2021.
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