TRANSMISSION GULLY UPDATE
www.transit.govt.nz SPRING 2007
Investigations start on Transmission Gully Project
Investigations and preliminary design work on the
Transmission Gully project have started in earnest MacKay’s Crossing
on all ﬁve contracts awarded for work on this
Principal Project Manager Rob Whight said
the contracts covered road safety audit, trafﬁc
modelling, preliminary geotechnical assessment,
cost, risk and value engineering assessment and
“The Transmission Gully project calls for much
detailed and thorough work to be carried out to
ensure a robust process is undertaken to establish
cost and design options for the project.
“The contractors involved on the different Battle Hill
contracts are all well-experienced in their ﬁelds and
provide the best mix of technical and management
skills for the Transmission Gully project.”
Mr Whight stressed that the size and complexity Golf Course
of the investigations and planning required for
the project necessitated for “no stone to be left
unturned” in the work.
“ We are happy with the current progress being Whitby
made on the project and conﬁdent that it will Judgeford
enable decisions to be made about the most
appropriate engineering solutions, the best overall
transportation proposal, and ensure value-for- Cannons
money is realised for the proposed new route. Ranui
“We are conﬁdent that the integrated programme
implemented by Transit for the investigations and
preliminary design work will achieve the required The proposed 27-kilometre Transmission Gully route runs from Linden in the south to MacKay’s
objectives,” he said. Crossing, just north of Paekakariki.
Stage 1 Contracts and Contractors
• Road Safety Audit – MWH New Zealand • Cost, Risk and Value Engineering Assessment - A second
• Trafﬁc Modelling - Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) team from Opus International Consultants
• Preliminary Geotechnical Assessment - Opus International • Scheme Assessment - Consortia led by Opus International
Consultants Consultants & including GHD, Holmes Consulting Group &
1940s I First talk of an inland alternative route for State Highway 1 (SH1) to bypass the coastal areas north
1990 I Region acknowledged that the scale of the project and limited available funding would not allow construction
through traditional funding mechanisms and priorities.
17 July 1996 I Designation sought to include the proposed route in the District Plans of Wellington City Council,
Porirua City Council, Kapiti Coast District Council and Upper Hutt City Council.
30 July 1997 I Designation approved subject to certain terms and conditions.
12 September 1997 I Transit New Zealand notiﬁed its decision accepting the Designation recommendations
with minor modiﬁcations.
July 2005 I Minister of Transport announced $405 million funding towards addressing road transport
reliability between MacKay’s Crossing and Linden in the Wellington Western Corridor.
October 2005 I Transit New Zealand and the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) consulted with
the public over the future of the land transport network in the Wellington Western Corridor.
April 2006 I Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) voted to include the Transmission Gully
project in the Wellington Western Corridor Plan for adoption in the draft 2005-2009 Regional Land
May 2006 I New Zealand Government appropriated $80 million in Budget 2006 to fund the
investigation and preliminary design work for the project.
June 2006 I Transit New Zealand’s 10-year State Highway Forecast showed Transmission Gully’s
investigation as a top priority for the region subject to the region agreeing on a funding plan.
12 October 2006 I Land Transport NZ approved $9.2 million in funding for investigation of the
Transmission Gully project during 2006/07. This allocation is part of the Budget 2006 appropriation of
18 October 2006 I The Cabinet Policy Committee agreed to a $405 million Crown contribution for State
Highway construction in the Wellington Western Corridor.
31 October 2006 I The Greater Wellington Regional Land Transport Committee agreed to a Draft
Regional Land Transport Strategy (RLTS) for consultation which included Transmission Gully in the
10-year transport programme but noted a signiﬁcant funding gap for the project.
22 December 2006 I The ﬁrst of ﬁve contracts for the Stage 1 Investigations and
Preliminary Design phase of the Transmission Gully project was awarded. The trafﬁc modelling contract
was awarded to Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM).
23 January 2007 I Road Safety Audit contract awarded to MWH.
14 May 2007 I Preliminary geotechnical assessment contract awarded to Opus International Consultants.
I Cost, risk and value engineering assessment contract awarded to a second team from Opus International
18 July 2007 I Scheme Assessment Contract awarded to a consortia led by Opus International Consultants.
Other consortia partners are GHD, Holmes Consulting Group and Boffa Miskell.
6 August 2007 I Contract awarded to Excell Corporation to plant 62,000 New Zealand-indigenous trees along the
proposed Transmission Gully route.
Mid - 2008 I Cost and design options for Transmission Gully project expected to be available.
What is the purpose of the Transmission Gully project? What funding has been approved so far?
The Transmission Gully project is one possible part of a package On October 12, 2006, Land Transport New Zealand’s Board
of rail and road options that are intended to address congestion, approved $9.2 million in funding that will enable Transit
trafﬁc ﬂow and road safety in the Wellington region. New Zealand to proceed with the ﬁrst stage of the investigation
to determine the feasibility of the project. In its 2006 budget,
Why has there been an interest for so many
the Government signalled that $80 million was available for the
years about a possible route through Transmission Gully?
complete investigatory and design phase for the project.
For more than 50 years, there has been recognition of a potential
alternative inland route for State Highway 1 (SH1). Proposals to Does this mean that the project will proceed to
develop this route date to World War II when it was suggested construction stage?
that a road could be constructed through the Gully for military While funds have been approved for the ﬁrst stage of
purposes. The option of building a route through Transmission investigation, the project as a whole has not been given the
Gully as an alternative to SH1 was ﬁrst seriously considered by ‘green light’ to proceed. The purpose of the ﬁrst stage is to
the Wellington Regional Council in the late 1980s. establish the feasibility of the project, ascertain likely costs and
to report back with the ﬁndings.
How much will the Transmission Gully project cost?
Investigatory work is currently being carried out to determine What will happen when these ﬁndings are available?
this. The ﬁndings will then be presented to regional and local
authorities to allow funding options to be developed for future
Planting along Transmission Gully
Transit New Zealand has
awarded a $605,000 contract
to Excell Corpora
to plant about
62,000 New ZeZealand-
along the pro
The work, mainly
concentrated in ﬁve aareas
along the 27km-route will be
carried out over the next three ye
part of the conditions of the Designatio agreed
by Transit when it applied to have the proposed route included in
the district plans of local councils in the area.
This contract is in addition to the ﬁve Professional Services
contracts awarded by Transit for the Stage 1 investigation and
preliminary design phase of the Transmission Gully project that it
is undertaking on behalf of the Government.
Transit Wellington Regional Manager, Graham Taylor said that
apart from meeting agreed Designation conditions, the planting
is also being carried out to provide erosion and sediment
control, stream shade and ecological enhancement, and will be Well-established shrubs and trees along the proposed Transmission Gully route
show the success of the planting programme.
undertaken in conjunction with fencing off and retiring the areas
to determine the species to be planted in the area.
“Excell, which has completed similar work along the route in
the past and were familiar with the challenges of the terrain, will To date, Transit had planted about 92,000 Wellington-indigenous
also be responsible for the ongoing care of the plants to prevent plants in the Transmission Gully planting programme and the
weed infestation and damage by possums, rabbits and hares,” latest contract awarded will complete this work.
“We are pleased to report that the trees and shrubs planted
Mr Taylor said Transit placed tremendous importance on previously are now well-established and beginning to show
environmental initiatives and worked closely with the above the surrounding gorse,” he said.
Department of Conservation and local regional and local councils
Meet the Transmission Gully Project Team
Rob Whight Peter Ward Ian Gray
Principal Project Manager Project Engineer Property Manager
Joining Transit from the With Transit for just over ﬁve Ian was previously Senior
UK, Rob was previously years, Peter started his civil Adviser Assets Management
Director Project Delivery at engineering career with the & Maintenance for Public
John Laing, Senior Project Ministry of Works where he Prisons and Community
Manager at AEA Technology worked on numerous large Probation Service, and
Rail, as well as serving with projects in the Invercargill, before that undertaking
the Royal Navy. Milford and Queenstown compensation and disposal
Whilst with John Laing, Rob areas. activities for government
was responsible for the £70 He then took up a consultant departments, including a
million Evergreen II project position with Opus in Napier stint with Simpson Grierson
to upgrade the railway line where he worked on Lake as a legal executive in
between Bicester North and Waikaremoana road project conveyancing.
London Marylebone. and various other large Ian has served on the Hillary
The project, the UK’s ﬁrst PFI projects throughout the Commission Committee,
project in the rail industry, North and South Islands. Porirua City Council and
was delivered on time and Peter says his wife, three various Gun Club committees
10% under budget. children and lots of pets keep over the years.
him busy outside of work Ian also shows and breeds
Rob, wife Dianne and their
with other interests including pedigree Persian cats - with
two wee ones are looking
tramping and playing bridge. the family, “particularly the
forward to their ﬁrst Kiwi
grandchildren”, keeping them
christmas this year.
Tim Davies Craig Nicholson Frank Fernandez Sina Asi
Project Control Engineer Transportation Planner Communications & Administration and
Born in North Wales, Tim Before joining Transit, Craig Stakeholder Liaison Manager Information Ofﬁcer
has worked on design and worked in engineering Prior to Transit, Frank headed Sina started in Transit
construction scheduling consultancy for many years or provided strategic advice in November 2006 with
for the past 12 years. Tim on varied projects throughout on Corporate Communications the Wellington Regional
specialises in the use New Zealand and overseas. activities in corporations such Ofﬁce before joining the
of dedicated scheduling In 2003, he undertook an as HSBC, ANZ Bank, Royal Transmission Gully project
software and cost control assignment as a Volunteer & SunAlliance, AgResearch, team in October 2007.
techniques to help keep Service Abroad (VSA) Celentis, TranzRail and She also previously worked
projects on track. volunteer in the Kingdom of Waitakere City Council, as well in the tourism and hospitality
Visiting New Zealand with his Bhutan where he advised the as running his own Marketing sector in Wellington and
wife on their honeymoon in Bhutanese government on Communications consultancy. Queenstown, and has
1999, the couple have wanted the key trafﬁc engineering Also a former business recently completed her Legal
to return ever since. and trafﬁc safety problems investment columnist, he Executive Certiﬁcate.
They eventually moved to facing their national road has an intimate knowledge of Partner Fa’ali’i, son Ethan
New Zealand in April 2007 network. ﬁnancial and equity markets (3yrs) and daughter Dylin
when the opportunity to work Living in Tawa with his wife - and admits to still taking an (1yr) keep her very active
on the Transmission Gully and young son, Craig says “active” interest in this area. and busy outside of work
Project came up. he is relishing the chance to Having lived in Tawa for many while other interests include
Tim is a keen motorcyclist, work on such an important years, Frank is looking forward socialising with family and
dog owner and DIY strategic infrastructure to the day when the ‘ﬁrst sod” friends - and “discovering
enthusiast. project for the Wellington is turned on the project. new adventures in
CONTACT US If you would like to ﬁnd out more about
the Transmission Gully project:
Phone: 64 4 801 4964