Why are we losing carparks and how many?

Some carparks will need to be permanently removed to enable essential elements of RiverLink. In particular, this is due to the need to relocate the stop banks - to provide a river corridor capable of containing large flood events. In particular, this means removing carparks in the Daly Street and Pharazyn Street areas. Further carparks will be reduced to support the aim of turning the Lower Hutt central city to face, and connect with, Te Awa Kairangi ǀ Hutt River. In order to achieve the cultural, urban design, amenity, environmental and recreational outcomes sought through RiverLink, the existing Riverside carpark will be reduced in scale. 

Last updated: 15 Sep 2021
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How many

Currently, there are 3248 public carparks in the project area. Surveys undertaken for RiverLink show a peak occupancy rate of 85%. As a result of RiverLink projects, there will be 598 fewer public carparks in the project area, which represents a reduction of 17.5%. There will also be a reduction of 113 private carparks. 

Last updated: 15 Sep 2021
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Transitional Parking Plan

RiverLink partners acknowledge that the loss of carparks will have an effect on existing users. To reduce those effects Hutt City Council and Greater Wellington will undertake a review. This will inform the development of a Transitional Parking Plan that will help set the framework for managing our transition to fewer carparks. A key objective of the Transitional Parking Plan will be to support the commercial and retail business in our Lower Hutt city centre, during construction and post construction of RiverLink, with an appropriate mix of short and long-term parking, loading bays and accessible parking spaces. In addition, through RiverLink, improvements to the public transport network and the provision of better walking and cycling infrastructure will encourage and enable more people to use these modes of transport, reducing reliance on private motor vehicles.  

Last updated: 15 Sep 2021
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