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Slow, slow, slow: it’s taking the Transport Agency 5 years to decide on a cycleway

News from NZTA
The NZ Transport Agency will soon begin investigating options to deliver a safe and efficient route for cyclists from Ngauranga to Petone along State Highway 2. We will begin requesting tenders for investigation into the project in early 2013.

This process involves consultants submitting proposals to the NZTA for the cost and scope of work required to investigate the project.

Project purpose
This project demonstrates our commitment to delivering safe facilities for all transport users, including pedestrians and cyclists.

The project stems from the Ngauranga Triangle, which was a joint study between the NZ Transport Agency, Wellington City Council and Hutt City Council that outlines an integrated long term strategy for the Ngauranga Triangle. The Ngauranga Triangle consists of State Highway 1 between Tawa and Ngauranga, State Highway 2 between Ngauranga and Petone and a link between Petone and Grenada.

The new cycleway will enable cyclists to travel safely and efficiently along the route.

We will be able to engage with the community on the cycleway’s features once we have detailed options for the route by 2014.

What’s happened so far?
In mid 2010, the Ngauranga Triangle Study recommended a project to “close the gap” in the existing cycling route between Ngauranga and Petone. As a result, we have applied for funding from the National Land Transport Fund to progress the project.

In mid 2012, we ran focus groups with cyclists of various levels of confidence and ability. Our sample included those who regularly or occasionally cycle on this section of State Highway 2 and those who would if there were different facilities available.

What happens next?
The outcomes and findings from the focus groups exercise will be used to make sure the consultants employed for the next phase of works have a good base understanding of the existing use of the corridor.

After we select a consultant, investigation into the project will begin.

By 2014 we then expect to have detailed options for the project, which we can engage stakeholders on.

By 2015, we expect to have a finalised decision for this project.