Lower Hutt‘s Melling transport review complete

1 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineApril 18, 2019

The NZ Transport Agency board has endorsed the recommended option of a diamond interchange connecting to Queens Drive, as part of the proposed Melling transport improvements.

The board has also endorsed the outcome of the re-evaluation of the Melling transport improvements project, which confirmed that the project aligns with the new priorities set out in the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport (GPS).

NZTA director of regional relationships Emma Speight says a detailed business case for the Melling transport improvements project will now be completed.

“Funding for the next phase, involving further design and consenting, will then be considered against funding availability and nationwide funding priorities. We expect this to be in early 2020. Funding for construction of the Melling transport improvements will be considered beyond 2028.”

The Melling transport improvements project is part of the RiverLink partnership between the NZTA, the Greater Wellington Regional Council and the Hutt City Council, aimed at creating a safer, more accessible and resilient transport network in the Lower Hutt.

Speight says the selection of the interchange location will give some certainty to the two councils.

“We will continue to work with our RiverLink partners to ensure the proposed Melling transport improvements are coordinated with local government plans to reduce flood risk and deliver a more compact and revitalised city centre.”