Councillors endorsement of Melling Line Closure
In August 2023, Greater Wellington councillors endorsed the closure of the Melling Line for up to 18 months from July 2024 for the construction of vital infrastructure.
The Melling Line is a two-stop branch of the Hutt Valley Line, and Melling Station and its railway track sit directly where a new interchange over State Highway 2 (SH2) and a new bridge over Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt River will be built.
A suite of options is being considered to maintain passengers’ access to public transport during construction and encourage active travel modes. The options being considered include new and targeted bus services, free or discounted fares, and additional park and ride facilities at nearby stations.
Keeping the Melling Line open would compromise worker and public safety by exposing construction crews to a live rail corridor and passengers to building sites. Closing the line will reduce project costs, expedite construction and enable the line to reopen quicker - in up to 18 months as opposed to more than 24 months.
The Melling station building will be preserved due to its heritage status, and the station moved south. The new station will have a new park and ride facility and a bus interchange with safer access to SH2, safer walking and cycling connections to the CBD (via a new walking and cycling bridge), the western hills, the new Melling to Petone cycleway and new river corridor paths.