With a focus on improving safety, resilience, public transport and travel choice options, the four projects in this package are spread across the region, from the Kāpiti Coast (Ōtaki to north of Levin) and the Hutt Valley State (Highway 58 (SH58) and Melling interchange), and a range of rail network capacity improvements across the region. This investment package complements, and is in addition to, the Let’s Get Wellington Moving programme.
Access to CentrePort, and the safety and reliability of road and rail corridors to the north of Wellington, are critical to support journeys for all travellers. These routes are also important for New Zealand’s economy, in getting goods to market and export. This investment will support growth in the Horizons region. Along with Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway, it strengthens the transport connections throughout the lower North Island, which is pivotal for distribution between the two islands and our primary production hubs.
The new four-lane corridor from Ōtaki to north of Levin (O2NL) will improve safety and access, supporting economic growth, providing greater route resilience, and better access to walking and cycling facilities.
Half a million people call the Wellington region home, and while more than 30% of all journeys to work are by public transport and walking and cycling, there is increasing demand on the two corridors – State Highway 1 (SH1) and State Highway 2 (SH2) – that funnel everyone into the capital. This package includes improvements to commuter rail links to the Wairarapa and up the Kāpiti Coast to Palmerston North, and also at Melling (Lower Hutt) as part of a wider package of transport improvements for greater access and better resilience.
Safety is also a priority, with SH58 and SH1 south of Levin both being among the top 2% of high-risk corridors in New Zealand. The new four-lane O2NL corridor and a range of improvements to SH58 will help save lives and reduce serious injuries along these routes. These projects will also build greater resilience into the transport system by reducing the number and severity of crashes and road closures.