We’re proposing to upgrade the Wakely Road track in Newlands to be a safer walking and biking route between Newlands and Ngauranga, and into the central city.
Once upgraded, the track 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.
The upgrade to Wakely Road track would include:
The proposal would also make it easier and safer for people on bikes to cycle up to the start of Wakely Road track from the Hutt Road intersection, especially for less confident riders:
New pedestrian and cycle crossings are also planned for the Hutt Road-Centennial Highway intersection as part of the Hutt Road shared path upgrade now under way.
There will be an opportunity for people to comment when the traffic resolutions (the legal changes) are advertised in late July. Councillors are likely to make decisions in September. If approval is given, initial work could start later in 2017. It's likely the work will be completed in stages over two years.
Wakely Road starts at Newlands Road and turns into a rough four-wheel drive track at the intersection of Spenmoor Street and Lyndfield Lane. From here the track runs down the hill to join Centennial Highway. The current legal status of the track is an unformed public road and the proposal would change this to a shared path.
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