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Completion of Petone to Melling cycleway delayed by a year

News from Waka Kotahi/NZ Transport Agency
A new completion timeframe has been announced for the Petone to Melling cycleway, the northern section of Te Ara Tupua which is under construction. Director of Regional Relationships Emma Speight says the project, which was scheduled for completion later this year, is now expected to be finished in early 2023.

“We are working hard to provide this safer cycling option as soon as possible, but a number of factors have contributed to the project taking longer than expected,” says Ms Speight.

Most of the cycleway is being built between State Highway 2 and a busy rail line. Working safely between the road and rail line requires extra precautions, and work is often carried out at night or on weekends, to avoid peak traffic and train schedules. This helps ensure crews stay safe on site and disruption to commuters is kept to a minimum.

Underground pipes and cables run along the length of the new cycleway including gas mains, power supply and fibre broadband cables. Working around this critical infrastructure has been complex and taken more time than expected.

“We know that this is frustrating and that ongoing construction activity on the project can be disruptive to people in the area,” says Ms Speight.

“Any delay to completion dates for an exciting and important project like this is disappointing, but the most important thing is that we keep people safe and that we deliver a high-quality cycleway for the community.”

When complete the Petone to Melling section will link the Ngā Ūranga ki Pito-One (Ngauranga to Petone) shared path with the Hutt River Trail near Bridge Street – Lower Hutt. It will also integrate with new paths planned as part of RiverLink.

The Ngā Ūranga ki Pito-One section is expected to be complete in 2024. Together these projects will help connect central Lower Hutt to Wellington with a safe and attractive walking and cycling route.


  1. Andy Mellon, 23. June 2021, 21:42

    Seriously? 2023? That seems an incredibly long timeframe for even the most complex of projects. The justification for such a long extension also seems very flimsy. Ridiculous.

  2. Dylan Price, 27. June 2021, 9:09

    Shouldn’t the headline be “Delayed by more than a year?” This bodes well for the Petone Ngaraunga bike lane and even better for the Auckland bike Harbour Bridge!

  3. Ron Beernink, 27. June 2021, 12:00

    Just about every NZTA project is facing delays. The Government needs to question NZTA’s project management ability and seriously look at putting more capable regional transport authorities in place.

  4. Keith Flinders, 27. June 2021, 17:22

    Ron Beernink: Also add in the severe lack of skills in the civil engineering and other fields. NZ Inc is going to fall further and further behind with getting infrastructure projects started, let alone finished, and it cannot all be blamed on COVID.
    Thirty plus years of under investment in training has led us to this. I shudder to think how many tens of millions will be spent providing temporary ferry terminals to cater for the new larger ferries now on order. Should we be looking to Asian countries to come and do these large projects for us at lower cost and on time ?
    Getting rid of the Ministry of Works and its wide array of skills was a massive mistake.