About this project
RiverLink will turn Lower Hutt (Central City Transformation Plan) to face and connect with the Hutt River/Te Awa Kairangi.
RiverLink is a partnership project, involving Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, Hutt City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council working together with mana whenua to improve transport connections and flood protection and support urban revitalisation of Lower Hutt’s central city.
It includes the State Highway 2 Melling transport improvements, which are funded through Central Government’s NZ Upgrade Programme.
More broadly, RiverLink aims to enable urban growth and a vibrant central city, with improved flood resilience, and better transport links. Our plan includes improved walking, cycling, and public transport options which are critical to enabling urban development without increasing congestion on our roads and greenhouse gas emissions.
Hutt City Council has set aside $72 million in the Long Term Plan 2018-28 for the urban renewal component of the project, staged over various financial years. RiverLink is a $455 million project.
Where are we at?
With a project of this size, it is important to spend time to get the investigation, planning and design work right – to deliver a project that reflects the community’s needs and to avoid issues down the track.
Construction is expected to begin in 2022, and be completed in 2026.
The project is currently in the resource consenting phase, as scheduled. During this phase, we’re working to further develop the design for RiverLink and preparing to apply for resource consents early 2021.
During this stage, we are considering construction plans and working to integrate the designs for the river and stop banks with plans for the central city and upgraded transport links.
Public engagement on the design of RiverLink is planned for later this year with engagement continuing into early 2021. As the project progresses, we will keep the community informed and provide plenty of notice before construction work begins.
More information can be found on the RiverLink Website.