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Govt to finance $258m Melling interchange, plus more rail network improvements

The Government’s upgrade programme announced today includes $258million for a new Melling interchange, and $211million for improvements to the Wellington, Wairarapa and Palmerston North rail network, including upgraded tracks for the Wairarapa and Capital Connection lines, safety connections and refurbishment of Capital Connection carriages. Read more »

“Fantastic:” Hutt mayor welcomes new Melling interchange

News from Hutt City Council
Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry has welcomed today’s news the Government will fund a new Melling Interchange near central Lower Hutt, to be completed by 2026. Read more »

Melling interchange construction will unlock flood protection plan

News from Greater Wellington Regional Council
The Regional Council welcomes the announcement of funding for Lower Hutt’s Melling Interchange, announced today as part of the Government’s infrastructure funding package, saying it will unlock the full potential of the critical RiverLink flood protection scheme. Read more »

Daran Ponter wants hybrid trains for Kāpiti and Wairarapa commuters

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
Regional Council chair Daran Ponter says the $1.35bn infrastructure announcement by government today is a good boost for the region, a solid green light for getting regional passenger rail moving and that the next stop would be securing a funding package for hybrid trains. Read more »

Kāpiti councillor laments failure to extend commuter rail to Otaki

Media release from Gwynn Compton
Kāpiti Coast commuter rail campaigner Gwynn Compton has welcomed the Government’s announcement of funding for the Ōtaki to north of Levin expressway, but says the lack of any investment or accelerated timeline for the double tracking and electrification of the rail network from Waikanae to Ōtaki, or even for new hybrid train units for the Capital Connection service, is a missed opportunity and shows the Government isn’t serious about its commitment to better transport infrastructure or addressing climate change. Read more »

More spending on roads is great for Kāpiti, says mayor

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
The confirmation of large scale infrastructure investment in the lower North Island will boost connectivity and resilience in the region, Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan says. Read more »

John Milford wants more money for Wellington roads

Press Release – Wellington Chamber Of Commerce
The Government’s announcement of a $12 billion spend up on new infrastructure projects is bypassing our capital city, according to the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. Read more »

Real-scale model of Shelly Bay development for two-week public consultation

News from Shelly Bay Taikuru Development
Wellingtonians will be able to walk along a section of a real-scale model of the planned development at Shelly Bay, when the doors open for two weeks of onsite engagement at The Lodge today. The model waterfront road and pavement, complete with real-scale vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians, is one of a number of devices that visitors will be able to use as a way to engage with the planned development, before providing feedback. Read more »

Differences of opinion at hui about Shelly Bay development

Report from RNZ by Rachel Thomas
A hui about the controversial housing development at Wellington’s Shelly Bay has so far failed to win over iwi members who oppose the plan. Read more »

Ageing infrastructure: Hutt’s funding for “three waters” is inadequate

News from Hutt City Council
Hutt City Councillors have held initial discussions today about what’s been recognised as a national challenge facing local government – funding the renewal of water infrastructure, with some estimating the investment required across the country to top $17.2 billion over the next decade. Read more »

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