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Wellington scores $1.92b from NLTP, but highway projects on pause

Wellington will receive around an eighth of the record $16.9b to be spent nationwide as part of the 2018/21 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP), published Friday by the NZ Transport Agency.

The region will receive $1.92 billion invested over three years, with $759 million going to the improvement or maintenance of existing state highways (including Transmission Gully and the Kāpiti expressway), and $332m for local roads,

Pubic transport receives $614m with priorities including provision of electric double-decker and low-emission buses and bus hubs, and $106m for new trains and line upgrading for the Wairarapa line.

Cycling and walking projects received $83m, including funding for the Eastern Bays cycleway and the Wellington to Hutt Valley Walking and Cycling Link.

Safety upgrades for SH58 will receive $43m.

But two major Wellington highway projects are not part of the NLTP: the proposed Petone-Grenada highway, linking Wellington and Lower Hutt, and the Ōtaki to north of Levin highway.

The New Zealand Transport Agency said these projects and proposed improvements to SH2 Melling in Lower Hutt were being reviewed, alongside others across the country to see if they accorded with the revised transport plans of the Government.