Hamilton Western Rail Trail Project

Bike paths and walkways are an essential part of connecting communities, and when planning new paths the smart solution is to integrate existing corridors.

Transforming old railway corridors into safe bikeways creates revitalised shared community spaces, provides a place to play and helps reduce our environmental footprint too.

This is what Hamilton City Council sought to do with an existing 2.7 km railway corridor that links the city’s south west suburbs with the CBD, as part of their 10 year plan to create an impressive and extensive bikeway route for the city.

The Urban Effects team felt privileged to be part of the new Hamilton Western Rail Trail project, which opened in April 2017. This $6.7 million project will have amazing positive benefits for Hamilton, especially for the 1,600 school students that attend school within 500 metres of the route. They now have a beautiful, safe space to cycle to and from school – a great way to start and end the day for bodies and minds!

It was great to see Hamilton City Council pairing up with Central Government’s Urban Cycleways Fund and the NZ Transport Agency to create a space that will improve the wellbeing of our kids

Urban Effects provided shelters, bike racks, litter bins, tables and seating for this exciting project, bringing this space to life with practical, attractive solutions. A modern, eye-catching bright blue was used as a powdercoat to add a sense of fun, complemented by a durable hardwood. These pieces will stand up all weather exposure and last for years for everyone to enjoy.

ClientHeb Construction (Hamilton)
CouncilHamilton City Council
ArchitectOpus International