Hutt Road improvements

We’ve turned the shared path along Hutt Road into separate walking and biking paths. It's one of our busiest commuter routes and a crucial link in the region's wider cycle network. Work on the new paths between Caltex Fuel Stop and the Tinakori Road intersection is complete, apart from work on the bridge which is under way now.

Work to widen the bridge over Kaiwharawhara Stream began on Monday 26 August 2019.

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The project was developed in two sections:

Improvements to make the intersection of Hutt Road, Centennial Highway and Jarden Mile easier for people on foot and bikes to cross are still under discussion, but the timing is uncertain.

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Hutt Road is one of the most popular cycling routes in Wellington. More than 400 people cycle this way at peak times, and the number choosing to use the shared path has doubled in the past 10 years. 

The Hutt Road cycleway is a crucial link in the region's wider cycle network, providing connections to the Hutt Valley. But it has a poor safety track record and is one of our highest priorities for improvement.

It will be part of the Wellington to Hutt Valley cycling and walking link, connecting with the central city via Thorndon Quay, and eventually through to Melling in Lower Hutt.

The transport corridor between Kaiwharawhara and the city is being considered as part of the Let's Get Wellington Moving project. The project is providing a fresh opportunity to explore the potential for better biking and walking facilities closer to the harbour along this stretch, so a potential alterative route to Thorndon Quay is possible.

Long-term, it is also possible a coastal route could be developed as part of the Great Harbour Way, that would provide an alternative to Hutt Road.

Read more about why Hutt Road has been selected as the most viable route to provide a northern connection in Wellington's wider cycling network.

In the first phase of work, the shared path from Aotea Quay overbridge to Caltex Fuel Stop was reconstructed to provide a two-way bike path and dedicated walking path. Work on the paths has been completed but is yet to start on widening the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge (now expected to happen in the first half of 2019).

An extension was approved in November 2017, so the section of pathway between Aotea Quay overbridge and the Tinakori Road intersection has also been widened and upgraded.

Walking and biking path improvements 

  • Most of the lamp posts and other obstacles have been removed to create more space and make things safer.  
  • The paths have been resurfaced with concrete and asphalt to provide a smoother, more level surface.
  • Safety changes have been made at driveways and vehicle entrances to slow vehicles crossing the paths.
  • The bus stop near Placemakers has been modified to allow for the cycle bypass in behind.
  • The southbound bus stops from Hutt Road (north of Westminster Street) and Kaiwharawhara Road (near the Hutt Road intersection) are now combined into one stop south of Kaiwharawara Road so buses can more easily and safely pull in and out of traffic. 
  • Up to nine short-stay on-street car parks have been provided adjacent to the childcare centres.
  • There are about 70 new off-peak parking spaces next to the kerb north of Westminster Street (clearway 7am to 9.30am). 

On the western side of the road

  • We have installed more than 100 new poles and more energy efficient LED lights between Tinakori Road and Jarden Mile at Ngauranga.
  • The new poles have outreach arms of three to four metres and better lights.
  • Tree trimming has been carried out as required.

Hutt Road is one of the most popular cycling routes in Wellington. More than 400 people cycle this way at peak times, and the number choosing to use the shared path has doubled in the past 10 years. 

The Hutt Road cycleway is a crucial link in the region's wider cycle network, providing connections to the Hutt Valley. But it has a poor safety track record and is one of our highest priorities for improvement.

Work on the first phase of upgrading the shared path started in October 2016 when we began replacing the street lights on the western side of the street. Preliminary construction on the pathway got under way in April 2017 and will continue until mid-2018. This includes widening the bridge over the Kaiwharawhara Stream, and extending the new facilities as far as the Tinakori Road intersection.

Consultation

The proposed Hutt Road cycleway opened for public consultation on 16 March 2016. We also held two open days for people to come along and find out more. 991 people provided feedback before consultation closed on 18 April 2016.

Councillors heard 45 oral submissions from the public at a Transport and Urban Development Committee meeting on 5 May 2016. 

Phased approach

In 2016 the Council approved a phased approach to constructing the Hutt Road cycleway to allow more investigation into:

  • the impact on parking
  • potential for traffic lights outside Spotlight
  • transit lanes for bus priority.

Parking surveys have found that 40% of people parking along Hutt Road are commuters who continue on into the city on foot, by bike or bus. We are now investigating alternative options for parking in the area to accommodate the 60% of people who park along Hutt Road near where they work.

Traffic lights at Spotlight were investigated but not recommended.

The Council has agreed to leave the intersection as it is. While there were some safety benefits for people accessing Spotlight, the loss of parking to make room for extra lanes and the overall delays to all road users would be significant. This, combined with the narrowing of the median at the intersection, would also result in increased risk to people on the path. 

We are working with the NZ Transport Agency to increase southbound capacity on the motorway. This will provide more flexibility for bus priority and how traffic lanes are allocated along Hutt Road. 

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