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Project introduction

We are working with Hutt City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council to address flood protection, urban revitalisation and transport improvements in the Lower Hutt. The transport improvements aim to improve the resilience, accessibility, efficiency and safety of the Melling intersection.

  • Project type

    Road improvements
  • Project status

    Investigation

Project updates

RiverLink community engagement guide
Public engagement, (PDF)
RiverLink open day posters
Public engagement, (PDF)
RiverLink announces May public engagement
Media release,
Study area of the SH2 Melling investigation
Project maps, (PDF)

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Purpose

The NZ Transport Agency, Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and Hutt City Council (HCC) are working collaboratively to achieve better flood protection, urban revitalisation and improved transportation. We are looking into a range of options for transport improvements and will integrate these with the GWRC’s flood protection project and HCC’s ‘Making places’ project.

During peak periods and in the weekend, SH2 at Melling becomes very congested with vehicle queues often exceeding storage capacity. Traffic signals in a 100 km/h environment create a safety and crash risk particularly for vehicles queued to turn right onto Melling Bridge from SH2. We also know that people see SH2 as a barrier to walking and cycling between Harbourview, Melling Station and the city centre.

The challenge is to reduce travel times without creating safety concerns or too much delay. We're also looking to make transport more reliable as we know it is regularly affected by surface flooding and becomes quickly congested when crashes occur.

RiverLink

RiverLink involves three separate but interdependent projects:

  • flood protection (GWRC)
  • Making Places urban development plan (HCC)
  • Melling transport improvements (Transport Agency).

Looking at ways to reduce congestion and improve access and safety on State Highway 2 at the Melling & Block Road intersections - and consider how this links to the flood management and urban design development being investigated by the Greater Wellington Regional Council and Hutt City Council.

Key features

  • A new Melling/SH2 interchange and river bridge to improve transport safety, reliability and transport choice.
  • Flood protection elements include new stopbanks, a wider channel and elimination of the channel restriction caused by the Melling Bridge.
  • Improved lifestyle through city centre revitalisation and creating a ‘River City’ identity.

Benefits

The overall outcomes sought by RiverLink are a connected, resilient and secure floodplain; an integrated, resilient, safe and efficient transport network; a more liveable Hutt City and enhanced economic growth.

The Melling transport improvements aim to:

  • provide safer journeys for all road users and pedestrians
  • provide more efficient and reliable travel in peak periods and on weekends
  • improve travel choice including access public transport and making it easier to walk and cycle to and from Hutt city centre
  • improve security and availability of the road network
  • help meet the requirements of the Greater Wellington Regional Council’s flood capacity improvements and work alongside the Hutt City Council’s Making Places initiative.

What’s happening and next steps

Following this community engagement on the transport improvement options, we will work with our RiverLink partners to assess the technical information and the community feedback. We’ll then refine our proposals and recommend a preferred option.

The Transport Agency needs to decide:

  • the preferred option
  • the timing of the project
  • how the project could be funded.

Once a recommended option has been identified, we'll still need to get the necessary approvals, including funding and consents, before constructing any improvements.

More information

You can check out the Councils’ websites for more information about their proposals:

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