Due to increased construction on Stage Two of the Wainuiomata Shared Path the decision has been made by Hutt City Council and Downer to close the Wainuiomata Hill Shared Path to pedestrians and cyclists from the Pukeatua Bridge to Wainuiomata.
Hutt City Council Senior Project Engineer Simon Cager says people’s safety is the number one priority.
“As construction ramps up there will be more heavy machinery and limited space for pedestrians and cyclists. It’s hasn’t been an easy decision but we need to ensure the safety of everyone using the hill.”
The path will be closed from Monday 11 February, Monday to Friday from 6am to 4pm, until the base path is complete which is expected to be in April. A shuttle service will be provided during these times.
“We appreciate that some people may be inconvenienced, but pedestrian safety is our utmost concern. We encourage everyone to use alternative transport such as the shuttles provided or explore some of Lower Hutt’s other tracks and trails, even outside of construction times.”
A shuttle bus will be provided to the summit at these times:
- 8.00 am – from Wainuiomata
- 8.15 am – from Gracefield
- 8.30 am – from Wainuiomata
- 8.45 am – from Gracefield
- 3.00pm – from Wainuiomata
- 3.15pm – from Gracefield
- 3.30pm – from Wainuiomata
- 3.45pm – from Gracefield
Bicycles are not permitted on the shuttle service.
The Shuttle pick-up and drop-off points are:
- Church Car Park #1 Parkway
- The lookout at the summit
- By the GNS parking area, Gracefield Road and Rishworth Street Waiwhetu.