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Funding approved for Melling project consents

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The Melling transport improvements project will be jointly consented as part of the RiverLink partnership between the NZ Transport Agency, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Hutt City Council, Transport Agency Director of Regional Relationships Emma Speight announced today.

The Transport Agency has approved $5.6 million for consenting the Melling transport improvements project, alongside the Greater Wellington Regional Council’s flood protection improvements and Hutt City Council’s urban revitalisation project.

“The success of RiverLink depends on the coordinated design of the central city revitalisation, flood protection upgrades, and transport improvement projects,” Ms Speight says.

“Jointly consenting the three projects will help ensure that designs are aligned, make a clearer case for resource consents, reduce the risk of delays, and deliver cost efficiencies for all partners.

“I’m pleased we are now able to confirm funding and give certainty to our partners that the RiverLink projects can be consented together.”

The Melling transport improvements would replace the existing Melling intersection and road bridge with a new road bridge and grade separated interchange, connecting directly to Queens Drive. Local examples of grade separated interchanges are the Dowse Drive and Haywards interchanges.

The project also includes the relocation of Melling train station – connecting to the Lower Hutt CBD via a new walking and cycling bridge.

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