Streets for People

  • Project typeAdaptive urban design – trialling streetscape changes – building partnerships with the community
  • Project value$1.27 million
  • Completion Date31 May 2024
Model of corner of St Hill Street outside Trafalgar Square

In September 2022, the council secured $1.27M of central government funding through Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency's 'Streets for People' programme for two town centre projects - streetscape improvements on central Guyton Street and a new public transport hub on lower St Hill Street.

Streets for People funding supports councils to work in partnership with their community to co-design streetscape projects that will:

  • improve public transport connections
  • enhance safety and convenience for pedestrians and cyclists
  • make our streets more inviting, people-friendly spaces.

The infrastructure used for these projects will all be semi-permanent (so that elements can changed or removed). Depending on community feedback over the course of the trial, some of the elements could eventually become permanent.

Funding from Waka Kotahi will cover 90 percent of the project costs, with the council covering the remaining 10 percent (largely from our business-as-usual road maintenance budget).

Guyton Street – streetscape improvements

The central business district section of Guyton Street (between St Hill and Wicksteed streets) is an area that the council has received significant community feedback on in recent years. Most notably from the Guyton Group Trust – which represents businesses, property owners and residents on the street. The Trust has consistently advocated for works to improve safety and beautify the street.

Through our co-design workshops, we've worked with community partners to discuss a range of streetscape improvements to make Guyton Street safer and more vibrant and people-friendly. The project will also look at ways to create stronger connections with other key areas of our town centre, including Victoria Avenue, Watt Street, and the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua.

Lower St Hill Street – public transport hub

The lower St Hill Street project aims to support public transport use in Whanganui, tying in with Te Ngaru The Tide – the frequent bus route route launched in 2023 after a collaboration between Whanganui District Council and Horizons Regional Council.

The council has gathered community feedback and design input on a proposal to create a new public transport hub next to the Trafalgar Square carpark (near the existing bus stops). This area, adjacent to the Countdown supermarket, will act as the terminus for the high frequency bus route. Our goal is to create a functional, visually attractive space where people can relax and take shelter while waiting for their connecting bus.

The proposed public transport hub is part of a broader move to make public transport easier to use and more accessible in our region – with Horizons having also recently secured a central government Transport Choices grant which will see up to 15 new bus shelters and real-time bus signage across the Whanganui network. 

For more information about the Streets for People programme, please email or visit the Streets for People page on the Waka Kotahi website. 


Guyton and St Hill Street, Whanganui 4500  View Map

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