Summarised by Centrist
Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM), the eight-year-long transport program in Wellington, has been deemed a colossal waste of time and resources.
A critical turning point occurred when councillors gathered to determine its priorities six years after its inception. Despite initial enthusiasm for a vibrant, eco-friendly city with trams and bus lanes, LGWM’s downfall resulted from a lack of direction. Ultimately, the public struggled to understand its role. Its scope expanded without a clear focus making it an amorphous entity.
And while major projects like light rail and tunnels needed long-term planning, minor projects could have been handled more efficiently by existing authorities. LGWM dissolved under the current government, having produced numerous reports but only one concrete result, a single pedestrian crossing.
After eight years, Wellington still faces the same transportation issues, leaving many wondering why they endured this convoluted endeavour.