Greater Wellington praises Government's "far-sighted" infrastructure investment
Greater Wellington Chair Daran Ponter has warmly welcomed today's Government announcement on infrastructure funding, saying it removes any lingering doubts over the future of RiverLink, Wairarapa rail upgrades and new rolling stock for the Capital Connection.
"We've been waiting for certainty on the future of these projects, and now we have it," says Cr Ponter.
"Crucial transport access elements of RiverLink, a new Melling intersection, road and cycle bridges, will now go ahead thanks to government funding of $420 million enabling construction to start in 2023.
"It is great news and we will redouble our efforts to deliver the promised access, urban renewal and flood protection benefits of RiverLink."
RiverLink is a partnership between Hutt City Council, Greater Wellington and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency working together with Mana Whenua partners - Ngāti toa Rangitira and Taranaki Whānui kit e Upoko o te Ika (Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust).
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The NZ Upgrade Programme will invest $211 million in infrastructure upgrades to increase line capacity and support increased frequency of Metlink and Capital Connection services. The package includes the refurbishment of the Capital Connection and a range of safety improvements
New passing infrastructure at Carterton and Maymorn will enable express freight and commuter trains to operate with greater efficiency on the Wairarapa line. A second platform at Featherston will support improved passenger services by enabling two passenger trains to pass.
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