(Greater Wellington Regional Council)
RiverLink’s flood protection work, delivered by Greater Wellington Regional Council, is expected to safeguard residents from large flood events that could affect up to 3,000 homes, five schools and 600 businesses, with the potential to cause an estimated $1.1 billion worth of damage across the community.
Recent flooding events across New Zealand have shown the need for investment in flood protection infrastructure, and the devastating consequences for communities flooded as a result of not doing so.
(Hutt City Council)
Beyond flood protection and transport upgrades, one of the goals of the RiverLink project is to spur urban growth.
Hutt City Council is investing in new roading connections, a pedestrian bridge over the river and a development site that connects with the new river edge.
(Waka Kotahi - NZ Transport Agency)
In January 2020, the Government announced the NZ Upgrade Programme – a major infrastructure funding package. This includes funding for transport improvements at Melling, which will be delivered by the Transport Agency, as part of RiverLink.
Construction is expected to begin in late 2022 and be completed in 2026. The transport improvements will include a new Melling interchange, relocating the Melling train station, and better walking and cycling links.
Media release: Increased funding for RiverLink in Lower Hutt (11 June 2021)
The RiverLink project team has welcomed the decision by Hutt City Council to increase its share of funding for RiverLink to $138.4M in the Long Term Plan 2021-2031.
eNews: Making our Hutt City more resilient, connected and vibrant (9 June 2021)
Update: Haere mai, welcome to RiverLink Community Update – a catch up with the community about RiverLink: projects to deliver flood protection, urban development and Melling transport improvements.