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Good news for Hutt cycling projects

MP for Hutt South Chris Bishop says he’s pleased the Labour-led government’s new transport programme will fund two important Hutt cycling projects.

“I am very pleased that Minister of Transport Phil Twyford has confirmed to me that both the Petone to Ngauranga Cycling Link and Eastern Bays Shared Path have been identified for funding, and given me details of that funding”, says Mr Bishop.

“The Petone to Ngauranga Cycling Link has been allocated $43 million in probable funding for construction. The NZ Transport Agency expects to finalise the outstanding investigation works, including the coastal reclamation designs for the Ngauranga to Petone path, within the next six months. The earliest construction start is likely to be around 2021 with a two to three year construction period.”

“This is a vital part of the wider Wellington to Hutt Valley Cycling Link. The current path is in a sorry state and it will be great to see the new path in action.”

“The Eastern Bays Shared Path will also be receiving funding. The National Land Transport Programme indicates $7.85 million will be spent on the construction stage of the Eastern Bays Shared Path in the 2018-2021 period. The timing of the construction process is managed by the Hutt City Council and I’ll be pushing them hard to get spades in the ground.

“I’ve been pushing the Eastern Bays Shared Path hard since I became a MP in 2014 and it’s good to see progress being made.”

“While there’s a lot to dislike in the new government’s National Land Transport Plan, this is good news for the Hutt Valley.”

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