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$5.6m to plan new Melling interchange, including new bridge and train station

News from NZTA
The Melling transport improvements project is to be jointly consented as part of the RiverLink partnership between the NZ Transport Agency, the Wellington Regional Council and the Hutt City Council, Transport Agency Director of Regional Relationships Emma Speight announced today.

The Transport Agency has approved $5.6 million for consenting the Melling transport improvements project, alongside the Greater Wellington Regional Council’s flood protection improvements and Hutt City Council’s urban revitalisation project.

“The success of RiverLink depends on the coordinated design of the central city revitalisation, flood protection upgrades, and transport improvement projects,” Ms Speight says.

“Jointly consenting the three projects will help ensure that designs are aligned, make a clearer case for resource consents, reduce the risk of delays, and deliver cost efficiencies for all partners.

“I’m pleased we are now able to confirm funding and give certainty to our partners that the RiverLink projects can be consented together.”

The Melling transport improvements would replace the existing Melling intersection and road bridge with a new road bridge and grade separated interchange, connecting directly to Queens Drive. Local examples of grade separated interchanges are the Dowse Drive and Haywards interchanges.

The project also includes the relocation of Melling train station – connecting to the Lower Hutt CBD via a new walking and cycling bridge.

Press Release – Business Central – Wellington
Improving traffic flows north of Wellington along State Highway 2 is one step closer today following the New Zealand Transport Agency’s decision to proceed with consent applications for a new Melling interchange, says the Wellington Chamber of Commerce.

“Local businesses are welcoming the Melling interchange advancing to the next milestone “, says Chief Executive John Milford.

“Melling is a significant project for the region promising to revitalise the main entrance to Lower Hutt, relieve chronic traffic congestion, improve access to the railway station, and better protect the city from flooding.

“Today’s decision by the New Zealand Transport Agency to join the Greater Wellington Regional Council and Hutt City Council in securing resource consents for the significant project River Link project is good news.

“Community opinion over past months has strongly supported advancing this project now, and it is pleasing to see decision-makers acknowledge this feedback.

“Lower Hutt is a major commercial and logistics hub for the wider Wellington region. Transport links in and out of the city require immediate improvement.

“Businesses urge NZTA to commit to funding construction of the Melling interchange once its resource consents are granted. The region cannot wait another decade.

“Our members are looking forward to this project advancing in tandem with other regional priorities, including Petone to Grenada and the full Let’s Get Wellington Moving package.”

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