Te Ara Tupua is the project to create a walking and cycling link between Wellington and Lower Hutt.
Hutt City Council is partnering with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency on the Petone to Melling section of Te Ara Tupua, which will join the future Ngauranga to Petone section and Wellington CBD to Ngauranga sections.
Work to build the Petone to Melling section began in November 2019, and is expected to take approximately 18 months. The project is being delivered by contractors Fulton Hogan.
Key elements of the Petone to Melling section include:
rail underpasses at Petone and Parliament Street (near the Normandale overbridge)
a well-marked route through the Petone railway station car park
a cycle bypass for southbound cyclists at the Dowse interchange
The Ngā Ūranga ki Pito One (Ngauranga to Petone) section, led by the Transport Agency, is currently at the consenting stage. For more information please visit the Transport Agency’s project site.
Petone to Melling construction has resumed
During COVID-19 Alert Level 4, all construction work on the Petone to Melling section of Te Ara Tupua was halted. Following the reduction in the Alert Level, work has resumed so you can expect to see activity ramping up around our sites.
Northern Rail Underpass
We had planned to construct an underpass beneath the rail at Parliament Street in Melling during Easter weekend, but this wasn’t possible during COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions.
We are now planning to build the underpass in October, at Labour Day weekend. Building the underpass requires us to stop trains on the line, so to minimise disruption to for train commuters our best opportunity is to do it on long weekends.
Although the underpass work is delayed, we are still working on other parts of the project.
From Wednesday 3 June we will start to construct the ramps that will connect to the future underpass. This work will take approximately six months.
Some of this work will be noisy, particularly for those neighbours nearest the site. Our hours of work will be 7:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday, with some work on Saturdays from 8:00am to 2:00pm.
To enable us to work safely, we will put a one-way traffic system in place at the corner of Bridge Street and Parliament Street. This will be in place 24/7 for the duration of the work. Parliament Street and Bridge Street will remain open for northbound traffic, while southbound traffic will take a detour on Herbert Street and Laery Street. Two bus stops will be temporarily relocated.