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RiverLink







The RiverLink project will deliver better flood protection, better lifestyle and improved transport links for the people of central Lower Hutt.

You can use this site to read the latest news from the project team and to gain more information about the project and how it affects you.

Greater Wellington Regional Council, Hutt City Council and the NZ Transport Agency are combining their skills and working together on the project, which will bring big benefits to the local and regional Hutt Valley community.

May 2018 Melling Transport Improvements Community Engagement

The NZ Transport Agency, Hutt City Council (HCC) and the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) sought feedback on three options for a new Melling interchange and for how a new bridge should connect into Hutt City. We will use your feedback, alongside technical information, to select a preferred option.

Engagement has now closed. Thank you for your feedback.

You can learn more about the Melling Transport Improvements at Melling Transport Improvements or send our team an email at riverlink@gw.govt.nz or melling-improvements@nzta.govt.nz







The RiverLink project will deliver better flood protection, better lifestyle and improved transport links for the people of central Lower Hutt.

You can use this site to read the latest news from the project team and to gain more information about the project and how it affects you.

Greater Wellington Regional Council, Hutt City Council and the NZ Transport Agency are combining their skills and working together on the project, which will bring big benefits to the local and regional Hutt Valley community.

May 2018 Melling Transport Improvements Community Engagement

The NZ Transport Agency, Hutt City Council (HCC) and the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) sought feedback on three options for a new Melling interchange and for how a new bridge should connect into Hutt City. We will use your feedback, alongside technical information, to select a preferred option.

Engagement has now closed. Thank you for your feedback.

You can learn more about the Melling Transport Improvements at Melling Transport Improvements or send our team an email at riverlink@gw.govt.nz or melling-improvements@nzta.govt.nz

  • RiverLink Engagement for Melling Transport Improvements

    about 2 months ago
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    Over the past few years you’ve told us how important flood protection is, how we can improve your ability to move around Lower Hutt and what kind of urban experience you’re seeking.

    This map shows the positive changes RiverLink will deliver when fully implemented.


    Designing the transport improvements

    All RiverLink partners were involved in narrowing down the interchange options. Working closely together ensured that implications for the stopbanks and urban renewal were considered alongside the transport effects. We have considered 43 options for a new Melling interchange. The project team have narrowed the options down to three designs for a...

    Over the past few years you’ve told us how important flood protection is, how we can improve your ability to move around Lower Hutt and what kind of urban experience you’re seeking.

    This map shows the positive changes RiverLink will deliver when fully implemented.


    Designing the transport improvements

    All RiverLink partners were involved in narrowing down the interchange options. Working closely together ensured that implications for the stopbanks and urban renewal were considered alongside the transport effects. We have considered 43 options for a new Melling interchange. The project team have narrowed the options down to three designs for a diamond interchange and a new bridge over the river connecting into Hutt City. For more information on how the options were selected, please take a look at the ‘Engagement Display Boards’.

    The three options now being considered for a new Melling interchange have the following things in common:

    • a grade separated diamond interchange
    • a new river bridge
    • reduces risk of flooding to the city centre
    • reduces traffic congestion
    • requires local road improvements
    • safer than current intersection
    • removes the at-grade traffic signals from SH2
    • moves the railway station closer to the city centre and provides better park and ride
    • Tirohanga Road connects to Harbour View
    • pedestrians and cyclists are separated from traffic
    • future proofed for a possible extension of the Melling railway line.

    Tell us what you think

    We welcome your comments on the options for the Melling Interchange and how a new bridge should connect into Hutt City. There are several ways to get involved:

    Attend a public open day at the Dowse Art Museum on:

    • Thursday 10 May, 4pm – 7pm
    • Saturday 12 May, 10am – 4pm
    • Wednesday 16 May, 4pm – 7pm

    Come chat with the RiverLink project team in the container at the Riverbank markets on:

    • Saturday 12 May, 8am – 2pm
    • Saturday 19 May, 8am – 2pm
    • Saturday 26 May, 8am – 2pm

    Come chat with the RiverLink project team at Queensgate Mall on:

    • Thursday 24 May, 10am – 1pm and 4pm – 7pm
    • Friday 25 May, 10am – 1pm and 4pm – 7pm
    • Saturday 26 May, 10am – 5pm
    • Sunday 27 May, 10am – 5pm

    Send our team an email at RiverLink@gw.govt.nz

    Click to download our engagements boards

    Click to download our engagement guide

    We will use your feedback, alongside technical information, to select a preferred option.

    You should know – that funding hasn’t been agreed and timing for this project is uncertain. The Transport Agency needs to make decisions on:

    • the preferred option
    • the timing of the project
    • how the project could be funded.

    Following this engagement period:
    • the project team will assess the technical information and the community feedback
    • NZTA will make decisions on the above.

    Feedback is open until Sunday 10 June 2018.

  • Riverlink Summer Engagement Programme

    about 2 months ago
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    The RiverLink Summer events programme showcased the Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt River as a
    destination while promoting the vision for RiverLink.

    The Riverbank beach provided a fantastic backdrop for casual conversations to occur at the information container on market days, after people had bought their veggies for the week. Plenty of people making use of the Hutt River Trail stopped to find out what the container was all about as well. With the RiverLink container having a presence over the summer, the team got to know some of the families regularly using the space – which was lovely.



    The RiverLink Summer events programme showcased the Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt River as a
    destination while promoting the vision for RiverLink.

    The Riverbank beach provided a fantastic backdrop for casual conversations to occur at the information container on market days, after people had bought their veggies for the week. Plenty of people making use of the Hutt River Trail stopped to find out what the container was all about as well. With the RiverLink container having a presence over the summer, the team got to know some of the families regularly using the space – which was lovely.

    Over the lazy summer days, (with a few downpours to keep us on our toes) all sorts of issues were covered such as transport linkages, city growth, the future of the market, the Hutt River’s water depth and toxic algae. There was also interest around associated projects including the Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt Environmental Strategy Action Plan and Hutt Central City spatial planning.

  • The Festival of Rock

    about 2 months ago
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    The Festival of Rock was designed as an opportunity to discover what hides along the shores of the Hutt River. The kids marvelled at the creepy crawlies living in the Hutt River and were particularly amazed at the crabs!

    The Riverbank beach was a hive of activity with rock art, skimming competitions, rock pools and face painting. We made sure that marvellous local coffee was part of our container talks too.


    The Festival of Rock was designed as an opportunity to discover what hides along the shores of the Hutt River. The kids marvelled at the creepy crawlies living in the Hutt River and were particularly amazed at the crabs!

    The Riverbank beach was a hive of activity with rock art, skimming competitions, rock pools and face painting. We made sure that marvellous local coffee was part of our container talks too.
  • Riverlink Easter Rock Hunt

    about 2 months ago
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    The RiverLink Easter Rock Hunt was buckets of fun on Easter Sunday.

    Kids searched the beach for a blue rock, and then with chocolate in hand decorated their rocks with splendid creativity. The last event in our summer series, 240 people (adults and kids) enjoyed the space with us on a glorious sunny day. While the kids were out hunting it gave their parents a chance to pop in for a coffee and chat about the RiverLink project with the project team.

    We had such a great time together at the River and there’s no doubt that the Riverbank beach...


    The RiverLink Easter Rock Hunt was buckets of fun on Easter Sunday.

    Kids searched the beach for a blue rock, and then with chocolate in hand decorated their rocks with splendid creativity. The last event in our summer series, 240 people (adults and kids) enjoyed the space with us on a glorious sunny day. While the kids were out hunting it gave their parents a chance to pop in for a coffee and chat about the RiverLink project with the project team.

    We had such a great time together at the River and there’s no doubt that the Riverbank beach will be teeming with locals next summer too.

  • Ramble on over!

    about 2 months ago
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    Due to a severe weather warning the RiverLink Ramble scheduled for April was postponed then later
    cancelled. Thank you to everyone who registered.

    RiverLink would like to extend an open invitation for groups (minimum 10 people) for a guided walking tour of the RiverLink city section between Ewen and Melling Bridges. Get your friends together and once we have the minimum number we will send out an invitation to arrange a date and time.

    It’s an opportunity to stand in the space and visualise where things will be and how it all fits together.

    Register your interest at RiverLink@gw.govt.nz

    Due to a severe weather warning the RiverLink Ramble scheduled for April was postponed then later
    cancelled. Thank you to everyone who registered.

    RiverLink would like to extend an open invitation for groups (minimum 10 people) for a guided walking tour of the RiverLink city section between Ewen and Melling Bridges. Get your friends together and once we have the minimum number we will send out an invitation to arrange a date and time.

    It’s an opportunity to stand in the space and visualise where things will be and how it all fits together.

    Register your interest at RiverLink@gw.govt.nz
  • Weather protection, walking and cycling access and security are top-rated amenities for new Melling station

    4 months ago
    If a new Melling station is built south of the current station, there are opportunities to preserve what people like about the current station and to consider additional amenities. The RiverLink team conducted an online survey to learn what people would like to see at or nearby a new station. Forty-three people took part in the survey.

    Topping the wish list of amenities were weather protected waiting facilities, good pedestrian and cycling access to the station and security measures such as security cameras and lighting. Suggestions of ‘other’ things people would like to see included: ticket kiosk, public toilets, bike...

    If a new Melling station is built south of the current station, there are opportunities to preserve what people like about the current station and to consider additional amenities. The RiverLink team conducted an online survey to learn what people would like to see at or nearby a new station. Forty-three people took part in the survey.

    Topping the wish list of amenities were weather protected waiting facilities, good pedestrian and cycling access to the station and security measures such as security cameras and lighting. Suggestions of ‘other’ things people would like to see included: ticket kiosk, public toilets, bike lockers and post boxes.

    The two most popular businesses and services people wanted to see near the station were a mini-mart and restaurant/take-away. Consistent with what the project team heard when talking to commuters, there were also numerous suggestions to extend the hours and days of operation and extend the line further north.

    The survey asked if people would use the station ‘more’, ‘the same’ or ‘less’ if the station were moved. Sixty percent of respondents said moving the station wouldn’t change how much they use it, while 26% said they would use it more and 14% said they would use it less. Those who said they would use it more cited the better access to the city centre and Queensgate that would be provided by the pedestrian and cycle bridge across to Margaret St. Most of those who said they would use a new station less, cited the
    additional walking distance from the western hill suburbs as the reason.

  • Moving the Melling train station: Rail commuters have their say

    4 months ago
    The week of 20 November, the RiverLink engagement container was set up at the Melling train station and commuters were invited to tell the project partners what they thought about moving the Melling station south of its current location.

    “The people who use the station every day have important insights that will help us shape the next steps of the project. We were delighted to hear that people largely support moving the station and are enthusiastic about our opportunity to rejuvenate Hutt centre,” says Rebecca Polvere, RiverLink project manager.

    The project team were available at the container during the morning...

    The week of 20 November, the RiverLink engagement container was set up at the Melling train station and commuters were invited to tell the project partners what they thought about moving the Melling station south of its current location.

    “The people who use the station every day have important insights that will help us shape the next steps of the project. We were delighted to hear that people largely support moving the station and are enthusiastic about our opportunity to rejuvenate Hutt centre,” says Rebecca Polvere, RiverLink project manager.

    The project team were available at the container during the morning and evening commute to explain the proposal to commuters and hear their thoughts on how such a move would impact their commute. During this time about 200 people visited the container and talked with the project team.

    While most commuters said that shifting the station 250 to 500 metres south of its current location wouldn’t significantly impact their commute, many raised the merits of extending the Melling line further north so that additional suburbs would have access to public transport. A number of commuters also suggested extending the hours of operation later into the evenings and offering weekend service.

    Walking to the station and crossing SH2 from the western suburbs was one of the most frequently raised topics “There was strong support for addressing how people walk across the SH2 at the Melling intersection and we heard many comments about the safety and crossing wait time problems people currently experience, we heard so many stories about watching the train pull away from the platform while standing on the wrong side of the highway. People are very keen to have a new intersection that would
    be safer, quicker and easier to cross,” says Rebecca.

    Parking was another hot topic. People strongly supported the proposal to provide additional parking at a new station but some wondered how the loss of the riverbank parking would impact parking availability for commuters. Several people mentioned that station parking is currently being taken by people who don’t actually use the train but instead work in Lower Hutt and are attracted to the free parking. The project team were encouraged to consider ideas on how parking at a new station could be managed to meet the needs of the community.
  • River of light

    4 months ago
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    The RiverLink engagement container and project team were at Lower Hutt City’s Highlight - Festival of Lights in October 2017. RiverLink partnered with Victoria University Wellington landscape architect students Nicole Crawford and Kadin Hegglun to create Down to the River, a river themed light and sound landscape inspired by the RiverLink designs and the River. Thousands of people walked through the experience and talked to the RiverLink design team.

    Down to the River was one of around 20 exhibits and dozens of entertainers that attracted tens of thousands of people to central Lower Hutt over four nights.

    Hutt City Council’s...



    The RiverLink engagement container and project team were at Lower Hutt City’s Highlight - Festival of Lights in October 2017. RiverLink partnered with Victoria University Wellington landscape architect students Nicole Crawford and Kadin Hegglun to create Down to the River, a river themed light and sound landscape inspired by the RiverLink designs and the River. Thousands of people walked through the experience and talked to the RiverLink design team.

    Down to the River was one of around 20 exhibits and dozens of entertainers that attracted tens of thousands of people to central Lower Hutt over four nights.

    Hutt City Council’s Urban Design Manager, Paki Maaka, was delighted with the amount of interest in RiverLink and people’s understanding of the project and its potential.

    “For Lower Hutt, RiverLink is so much more than making us safer from floods. It’s great to see so many of our residents taking an active and informed interest in the project and sharing their ideas about making Lower Hutt better. Later this year we’ll share with the community more of the preliminary design and a model of what RiverLink will look like when the city turns to face the river,” he says.

    RiverLink provides an opportunity for Lower Hutt to refashion the area between the city and the river into
    a lively recreational belt around the Hutt City centre. A promenade will be created that connects to and
    over the flood protection stopbanks and will include a pedestrian bridge from Margaret Street to Pharazyn Street, opportunities for urban living in new apartments and space for cafes and retail overlooking the river.
  • Riverbank Beach Summer Events

    4 months ago
    At a time when water quality has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, The RiverLink flood protection project is gearing up to improve the water quality of Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt River.

    Do you have fond childhood memories of playing in the Hutt River and enjoying everything the river park corridor has to offer? The great news is that things are going to get better!

    RiverLink will improve the health and habitats in and along the Hutt River. There will be more fish habitat, with a mix of pools, fast flowing shallow water, vegetation, rocks, and...

    At a time when water quality has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, The RiverLink flood protection project is gearing up to improve the water quality of Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt River.

    Do you have fond childhood memories of playing in the Hutt River and enjoying everything the river park corridor has to offer? The great news is that things are going to get better!

    RiverLink will improve the health and habitats in and along the Hutt River. There will be more fish habitat, with a mix of pools, fast flowing shallow water, vegetation, rocks, and undercut banks - all the things that short-fin eel (tuna), trout, whitebait (inanga) and common bully (toitoi) need to thrive.

    One of RiverLink’s main goals is to make Lower Hutt safe from major floods. This means widening the river channel, raising the height of stopbanks and making more space for floods under Melling Bridge. These big changes present us with opportunities. Greater Wellington Regional Council, Hutt City Council and the NZ Transport Agency are exploring how to maximise the benefits of working together to achieve our goals of better flood protection, transport and lifestyle for Lower Hutt.

    Come see us at the RiverLink engagement container and have a play at the Riverbank Beach, join in our summer activities and learn more about RiverLink.

  • What a new location offers

    7 months ago
    Melling station
    The station would need to move at least 250 metres and as much as 500 metres south of the current location. Moving the station would likely add 200 car parks, kiss and ride drop off spots, integrated bus and rail connections and better, safer access for cyclists and pedestrians. The added parking would help boost patronage numbers and fill some of the spare capacity currently available on the Melling line. RiverLink is exploring how to retain businesses currently near the station like coffee and childcare and attract more retail and residential development.

    Shifting the station 250 metres south would...

    The station would need to move at least 250 metres and as much as 500 metres south of the current location. Moving the station would likely add 200 car parks, kiss and ride drop off spots, integrated bus and rail connections and better, safer access for cyclists and pedestrians. The added parking would help boost patronage numbers and fill some of the spare capacity currently available on the Melling line. RiverLink is exploring how to retain businesses currently near the station like coffee and childcare and attract more retail and residential development.

    Shifting the station 250 metres south would avoid the intersection and ensure the station is not overshadowed by any future on and off ramps. People walking from Boulcott and the western hills would have a slightly longer journey but any intersection improvements would make it faster and easier to cross SH2. Overall, we expect the walk would take about the same amount of time as it does now.

    If the station moved 500 metres south of the current station it would be just opposite the proposed pedestrian/cycle bridge into the city centre at Margaret Street. This location offers excellent access for people traveling to and from the city centre. The walk from the western hills would likely take a couple of minutes longer than it does now but it would be safer, faster and easier to cross SH2. Moving the station would make little difference for people who currently travel to the station by bus or car but the intersection
    improvements would improve their journeys.

    “A railway station near the pedestrian bridge would provide better access to the planned waterfront promenade, Queensgate, city centre bus stops, council offices, the Dowse Art Museum and High Street. We expect the promenade to offer restaurants, cafes and apartments for around 2,000 residents within a five to 10 minute walk of the new railway station and the city centre,” says Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace.

    Locating the station opposite the city centre would bring the Melling and Western Hutt railway stations closer together which could result in fewer people using the Western Hutt railway station and may impact train schedules.