Preferred route for Petone to Grenada link 'welcome news'

17 November 2015

The NZTA decision on the preferred route for the Petone to Grenada Link Road released today is an important step forward in regional transport planning and settles the preferred route, says Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.

NZTA map of link between Grenada and Petone.

Preferred link between Petone and Grenada

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The NZTA decision on the preferred route for the Petone to Grenada Link Road released today is an important step forward in regional transport planning and settles the preferred route, says Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.

“The Petone to Grenada link is an important connection between the Hutt Valley and Seaview with Wellington’s northern suburbs and beyond,” she says.

“We’re pleased that unnecessary controversy over connections with SH1 will not delay its implementation.”

The link will greatly facilitate new mixed-use development of the ‘Northern Growth Area’ known as Lincolnshire Farms.

“I’m keen to see a new bus route run between Tawa and the Hutt Valley from the day the link is opened as unanimously agreed by our Council,” Mayor Wade-Brown says.

Chair of the Transport and Urban Development Committee, Cr Andy Foster, says the link will provide a significant benefit with reduced traffic pressure on the Ngauranga Gorge and a shorter link between the Hutt Valley and the Porirua – North Wellington communities.

“The decision gives more certainty to communities that were potentially affected by the roading proposal,” he says.

“The route announced today will be great news for Takapu Valley and Tawa residents.

“There will be no widening of the motorway through Tawa and no new road through Takapu Valley.

“Council voted to support the link road but was against both the extra options and we are delighted with NZTA’s decision.

“NZTA have concluded they do not need either of the Tawa or Takapu options and any additional future traffic demand can be managed.

“We can now look forward to working with the NZTA and local communities as we go through the consenting process,” he says.

Cr Foster says the Petone-Granada link has been agreed in principle for a long time and now there is some real action with physical work planned to begin in 2019."