What's this project about?
Hutt City Council is on a mission to rejuvenate and revitalise Lower Hutt. Our vision for the city is ‘great place to live, work and play’ and we’re working towards this by facilitating active choices in our city.
As part of developing a safe and integrated cycle network in Lower Hutt, we’re planning to build a cycleway between Seaview and Taita called ‘The Beltway’. It is a key project under our Walk and Cycle the Hutt 2014-19 Strategy (PDF 2.3 MB).
The Beltway Cycleway will create a cycling spine to the east of the city, extending between Seaview and connecting to the Hutt River Trail at Taita Drive. The route will allow extra links to be built over time, creating a connected Lower Hutt cycling network between residential areas, workplaces, the hospital, schools and recreation areas.
It’s one of three projects in Lower Hutt receiving urban cycleways funding through the NZ Transport Agency, along with the Wainuiomata Shared Path and Eastern Bays Shared Path.
Where are we at?
We’re now re-engaging on the detailed design for the Central and Northern Sections of the Cycleway.
In February 2017, we held our first community open day at the Dowse so Lower Hutt residents could learn more about the proposed concept route and provide feedback.
The initial Proposed Beltway Route (PDF 880 KB) was split into three distinct sections to enable discrete packages of work to be designed and constructed individually.
From May to early June 2017 we engaged with communities, schools and businesses in the proposed Southern and Northern Sections. We did this through our libraries and with a targeted mail drop. Following this feedback, it was clear we needed to relook at the Southern Section. This section is now on hold pending further investigation.
It also became clear that we need separate investigation and design around Waterloo Station. This is due to competing demand from several modes of transport in a small area. With this in mind, we've added a fourth distinct section in this location - the Waterloo Section.
As part of our next round of consultation, we invite you to join us at our second Open Day at the Walter Nash Centre.
When: 11am-3pm, Saturday 1 December
Where: Walter Nash Centre, 20-22 Taine Street, Taita
Come meet our friendly project team and ask any questions you have about the project. In the week leading up to the open day we’ll have the simulations, detailed design drawings and further information on display. You can come in and see these at any time.
We’re also planning to have material displayed at libraries and community hubs during this period.
Proposed plans, cross sections and simulations
- Northern section – trees retained
- Northern section – trees removed
We’ve worked with landscape architect to develop simulations of the design at certain locations along the route.
Download the Central section simulations (PDF 3 MB)
Northern section - trees retained
Download the Northern section simulations - trees retained (PDF 5.8 MB)
Northern section - trees removed
Download the Northern section simluations - trees removed (PDF 2 MB)
We'd like your feedback
We’re seeking feedback on the detailed design of the Central and Northern Sections of the Beltway Cycleway (orange and yellow on the map).
We’d like to hear your thoughts on what you like, don’t like, and what you would change about the Cycleway.
We’re also looking for specific feedback on how we deal with the trees in the Northern Section of the cycleway. The two options we’re currently considering are: removing some of the existing trees, or keeping the trees and extending the roadside berm to keep them. Graphics of these two options will be available to view at the open day.
Removing the trees
By removing the some of the trees, we could place the cycleway on the roadside berm, separated away from both the existing footpath and the road.
We’d mitigate this by replacing the trees with suitable new species. Some of the trees are already planned for removal due to their proximity to high voltage overhead power lines.
Keeping the trees
This would mean realigning the existing kerb and channel to keep the cycleway separate from the road. We’d need to use the existing road shoulder, which will mean less on-road parking.
To see what this would look like, download the northern section simulations - trees retained (PDF 5.8 MB)
How to provide feedback
- If you live near the Beltway route you may receive a letter with a feedback form. You can post or return it in person to Council.
- Complete our online feedback form.
- Come along to our open day where our friendly team will be on hand to answer any questions you have about the project. You can also fill in a feedback form on the day.
- Complete a feedback form at one of our libraries or community hubs where the material is on display.
Find out more
You're welcome to contact us directly:
Senior Project Engineer
T: 04 570 6666