What You Need to Know
In June and December 2011, landslips occurred beneath the Waikato River riverbank walkway between the Claudelands road bridge and London Street in central Hamilton.
Hamilton City Council closed this particular section of walkway. Based on recent expert advice, in the interests of public safety it will remain closed.
We apologise for any inconvenience.
At this point, we can not say when this section will reopen. We are aware the riverbank walkway is popular, and we’re working with landowners and other organisations on how we address this issue long-term.
Answers to Common Questions:
What caused the slips?
The slips are part of a natural process in a moving environment. The strong currents in the Waikato River and heavy rain events also contribute.
What about the other riverbank walkways in the city? Are they at risk too?
We can’t say. The slope of the riverbank and the soil conditions differ throughout the city, and because landslips and riverbank erosion are natural processes, they are impossible to predict.
Are the buildings along the riverbank at risk?
There is no immediate risk to the buildings along this part of the riverbank. We’ve explained the situation to the building owners, and shared our expert report with them. Engineers are working to determine if there are any long-term risks for these buildings.
Is the Claudelands road bridge safe?
There is nothing to indicate there is an immediate risk to bridge. We’ve asked for more information on its safety.
What is being done about the overall situation?
We are closely monitoring the riverbanks to find out if there will be more movement. We’ve also asked our experts to do more assessment, and we’re working on future options with landowners and asset owners. Our staff will report back to the Mayor and Councillors later this year, detailing the options available, and what any work might cost.