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Cycling improvements for Ngauranga Gorge

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/04/2016
Wellington's Ngauranga Gorge. © RNZ / Alexander Robertson Wellington's Ngauranga Gorge.

Cycling down the steep Ngauranga Gorge into Wellington should soon be safer.

Contractors start work on Sunday on improving the highway for cyclists.

The work includes improved signs, a length of new footpath, a new cycle lane, a diversion around the bus stop, and drop kerbs allowing cycles to move easily from traffic lanes to the path.

At the bottom of the gorge, a separate footpath will be built from the Wakely Road Gully Track to Glover Street to separate people on foot from fast-moving people on bikes.

Councillor Andy Foster says the changes will help to improve safety for people from the northern suburbs coming into the city along Hutt Road.

"This work is being done in addition to major improvements planned for Hutt Road, one of our busiest cycle routes in the city," Mr Foster says.

Contractor Fulton Hogan will work at night to avoid disruption to traffic and the sites will remain open to people on foot and on bikes.

The work will take six weeks to complete.

The improvements are being made ahead of a major cycleway upgrade along Hutt Road, starting later this year.

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