RiverLink Engagement for Melling Transport Improvements

19 days ago

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.