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.
Long-term, it is possible a coastal route may also be developed in this area as part of the Great Harbour Way, but there are some major challenges that would need to be addressed first.
We would need major and costly new infrastructure – overbridges or under-passes – so that people coming from the northern and western suburbs, including Johnsonville, Newlands, Khandallah and Ngaio, could get across the railway lines and motorway to the coast.
Without that, the coastal route would only work for commuters going between the Hutt Valley and central Wellington, and recreational users.
Even if a coastal route is developed one day, many people will likely opt to take the faster, more direct route along Hutt Road.
There are other challenges too:
You may also be interested in finding out more about why we are focussing on improving Thorndon Quay at this stage, rather than Aotea Quay.
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