The $1.87 billion being invested in Wellington during the next decade as part of the New Zealand Upgrade Programme (NZUP) will support growth under the Wellington Regional Growth Framework. This is a partnership between central and local government and iwi to develop a great transport system to keep the Greater Wellington region moving.

New Zealand Upgrade Programme (NZUP)

With a focus on improving safety, resilience, public transport and travel choice options, the six projects in this package are spread across the region, from the Kāpiti Coast (Ōtaki to north of Levin) and the Hutt Valley State (Highway 58 (SH58) and Melling transport improvements), and a range of rail network capacity improvements across the region. This investment package complements, and is in addition to, the Let’s Get Wellington Moving programme.

Waka Kotahi led projects:

  • Ōtaki to north of Levin proposed new highway
  • SH58 safety improvements
  • Te Awa Kairanga (Melling transport improvements)

Half a million people call the Wellington region home, and while more than 30% of all journeys to work are by public transport and walking and cycling, there is increasing demand on the two corridors – State Highway 1 (SH1) and State Highway 2 (SH2) – that funnel everyone into the capital. This package includes improvements to commuter rail links to the Wairarapa and up the Kāpiti Coast to Palmerston North, and also at Melling (Lower Hutt) as part of a wider package of transport improvements for greater access and better resilience.

Find out more about KiwiRail’s projects(external link)