We will be upgrading the Wakely Road track in Newlands to be a safer walking and biking route between Newlands and Ngauranga, and into the central city.
From the intersection of Spenmoor Street and Lyndfield Lane, Wakely Road becomes a rough four-wheel drive track. From here the route goes down the hill to join Centennial Highway.
- new storm water drainage and removal of the old culverts
- the surface will be levelled and paved
- corners will be graded to limit speed
- more safety fences in steeper areas
- trees and other vegetation will be cut back
- signs at each end of the path
- people will be able to bike up the footpath from Glover Street to the bottom of the track
- people biking down to Glover Street will use the existing bike path.
How this will help
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 shared path 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, and help to create a better cycling network.
- Detailed design work for the improvements is under way and work could start in early 2018. It's likely the work will be completed in stages over two years.
- The feedback period on the traffic changes (resolutions) related to this proposal was 25 July to 11 August 2017.
- Councillors approved the proposal to upgrade the track and improve access between Glover Street and the bottom of the track in mid-September 2017.
- More thought is being given to the proposal for a shared path on the northern side of Centennial Highway, between Hutt Road and Glover Street.