Hutt Road has been selected as the most viable route to provide a northern connection in Wellington’s wider cycling network.
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.
Major and costly new infrastructure – overbridges or under-passes – could be required to get people coming from the northern and western suburbs, including Johnsonville, Newlands, Khandallah and Ngaio, across the railway lines and motorway to the coast.
Without a good connection, the coastal route would only really work for commuters going between the Hutt Valley and central Wellington, and recreational users.
Even if a future coastal route is developed one day, many people will likely opt to take the faster, more direct route along Hutt Road.
Some of the challenges in developing include:
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