We are now able to confirm that a seaside option is our preference for the Petone to Ngauranga section of the Wellington to Hutt Valley Walking, Cycling and Resilience project.
The seaside preference is based on community and stakeholder feedback and an assessment of the wider benefits that this option can provide. This includes safety, look and feel and resilience for both the highway and the rail corridor between Wellington and the Hutt Valley.
We expect this decision will resonate with the public, user groups and communities who provided feedback as part of consultation in early 2014 and demonstrated support for a seaside option.
Key elements included in a seaside option are:
Getting clarity on the Petone to Ngauranga section of the Wellington to Hutt Valley Walking, Cycling and Resilience project is a positive step, and represents a $35m investment in improving walking and cycling between Wellington and the Hutt Valley.
The next steps for the project will be to prepare the necessary consent applications and seek approval to construct a seaside option. We expect to lodge consent applications next year and, if consent is granted, construction would begin in 2019.