Our $3 billion investment in Te Upoko o Te Ika a Māui – Greater Wellington during the 2021–24 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) period is focused on getting more people using sustainable travel options to move around the region and improving the safety, reliability and resilience of the transport network.
Te Upoko o Te Ika a Māui – Greater Wellington NLTP 2022 update
In April 2023, the RiverLink partners selected a team made up of AECOM and Fletcher Construction to form the delivery alliance for the programme, and signed an Interim Project Alliance Agreement. This followed completion of the consenting process in November 2022.
RiverLink signing marks formation of alliance(external link)
The Ngā Ūranga ki Pito-One section of Te Ara Tupua is now under construction. This project provides greater resilience to key coastal infrastructure including road and rail, as well as new walking and cycling choices for the community. It is being delivered by Te Ara Tupua Alliance, on behalf of Waka Kotahi and our partners.
Construction underway on major new Wellington infrastructure project
Major safety upgrades for SH2 got underway last year as part of our Road to Zero plan, to reduce the risk of serious crashes for everyone who uses the road.
The next stage in the Wellington Northern Corridor, the Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway was opened in time for Christmas 2022. The 13km-long expressway bypasses the town of Ōtaki and includes a 10km-long shared walking and cycling path.
March 2023 marked one year since the opening of Transmission Gully Motorway. In the first 12 months over 8.4 million journeys were made on the new route. The project team put together some stats for the first anniversary.
Overnight shutdowns on SH2 Remutaka Hill Road are now a regular fixture. These enable maintenance works and ongoing improvements to be carried out safely on this crucial road linking the Hutt Valley with Wairarapa.
SH2 Remutaka Hill road night closures
Construction is underway on the Ngā Ūranga ki Pito-One section of Te Ara Tupua, which will provide resilience to SH2 and the rail line between Wellington and Lower Hutt, as well as new walking and cycling path. The cycleway section from Pito-One to Melling is expected to open in mid-2023.
Work is complete on the project stages from SH2 to Harris Road, and a section from Harris Road to east of Moonshine Road has been brought forward. Consent applications have been lodged for the final section from Moonshine Road to SH1 Transmission Gully, which includes the project’s two new roundabouts.
Installation of new median barriers on SH2 in Upper Hutt from Whakatiki St to Fergusson Drive began in May 2023. This project includes four kilometres of new median barrier, areas of shoulder widening and some side barriers at the Totara Park Road Intersection.
Changes to improve safety at intersections along SH2, and safety improvements over the Remutaka Hill are being rolled out in stages. The first stage of changes are expected to be constructed from late 2023.
As a first step towards improving Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road, construction has begun on a roundabout on Aotea Quay. This will make it possible for traffic to the Interislander Ferry terminal to use State Highway 1 instead of Hutt Road.
Maintenance activity undertaken during 2021/22:
* Figures exclude SH1 Transmission Gully, maintained via PPP.
Maintenance infographic for 2021/22 [JPG, 1.3 MB]
Planned maintenance for 2022/23:
Maintenance infographic for 2022/23 [PNG, 158 KB]
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency sought feedback on its speed management plan for state highways. Submissions closed on 12 December 2022. A decision report will be available mid-2023.