Following feedback from the community we will now go ahead with a phased approach to upgrading the Wakely Road track.
Work is expected to start in late 2018 or early 2019 to improve the track surface and install a safety fence. This will be a big improvement for people on foot although the track will remain an off-road biking route suitable for mountain bikes.
In the longer term, as funding allows, Wakely Road track will become a safe walking and biking shared path between Newlands and Ngauranga.
Most of Wakely Road is a rough four-wheel drive track, from the intersection of Spenmoor Street and Lyndfield Lane down to Centennial Highway. The work to improve the path at this stage will include:
Further work to install storm water drainage and pave the surface will be done in the longer term.
Once upgraded, this section of Wakely Road will be an off-road shared path that can be used by more people. It will provide a better connection from Newlands and the northern suburbs to the Hutt Road walking and biking paths and, in future, to the Wellington–Hutt Valley link.
This is one of a series of changes to improve connections and make it safer and easier for people to get to the central city by bike.