Project introduction

Transport improvements at Melling will provide for a safer, more resilient and accessible transport system in Lower Hutt.

  • Project type

    Road improvements, Walking and cycling
  • Project status


Project overview

The Melling Transport Improvements is a major Crown investment project that will provide safer, more resilient and accessible transport system in Lower Hutt through a new grade separated interchange and road bridge over the river, along with improved walking, cycling paths and access to public transport.

It is part of Te Wai Takamori o Te Awa Kairangi – a partnership between NZ Transport Agency, Hutt City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council, and mana whenua Ngāti Toa Rangatira and Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika.

  • Key features
    • a new grade-separated SH2 Melling interchange
    • a new Melling Bridge over Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt River, connecting the interchange to the Lower Hutt city centre
    • relocating the Melling train station and its park and ride facilities
    • new and improved walking and cycling paths.
  • Expected benefits
    • safer journeys for all road users
    • improve access between Hutt CBD and SH2
    • better access to quality transport choices
    • improve security and availability of road network.
  • What's happening and next steps

    The status of the SH2 Melling transport improvements, and broader programme for Te Wai Takamori o Te Awa Kairangi, remains in an Interim Project Alliance Agreement (IPAA) phase.

    The IPAA phase is done to better understand the challenges of all parts of the programme before committing to the construction contract beginning. This phase also provides an opportunity for greater innovation, value engineering initiatives, and design or material use refinements to potentially reduce costs.