Transport improvements design and planning underway
RiverLink aims to make Lower Hutt more connected by improving transport links including a safer grade-separated State Highway 2 Melling interchange, a new Melling Bridge over Te Awakairangi Hutt River, and better walking, cycling and public transport options. The Melling Transport Improvements are funded through the NZ Upgrade Programme.
Right now, we are planning the cycling and walking routes that will be included in the project. We want to make sure there are safe, easy to use links between central Lower Hutt, the relocated Melling Train Station and the Western Hill suburbs of Harbour View and Tirohanga.
We also want to make the best of what we’ve already got by creating great links to Te Ara Tupua (the Wellington to Hutt Valley link that is currently being developed), and the paths on the Hutt River Trail. We’ll be talking with local cycling and walking groups and then sharing these plans with you (along with other details on the project) when we ask for community feedback in the coming months.
We’ve also started work on traffic modelling that will help us understand the how people get around central Lower Hutt in vehicles and how this will change once the new interchange and bridge are built.