Lower Hutt one step closer to long-awaited $700m transformationMedia release, Dominion Post, Nicholas Boyack, 3 September 2022
After 40 years of planning and discussion, a new and vibrant city centre, as well as protection against a 1 in 440-year flood, are now within reach for Lower Hutt.
The Environment Court has issued an interim decision, approving a range of resource consents for the $700 million RiverLink project, which will transform central Lower Hutt.
Work is expected to begin next year on the biggest infrastructure project in Wellington since Transmission Gully.
As well as beefing up central city stopbanks, RiverLink features an interchange at Melling, a relocated train station, and new vehicle and walking/cycling bridges across the Te Awa Kairangi /Hutt River.
By turning the central city back towards the river, the council hopes to spark significant residential growth and investment in apartments.