The RiverLink project in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, aimed at improving flood protection, shifting a railway station, and building a new bridge, is facing a budget blowout. The initial budget of $700 million will not be sufficient to cover the full project, according to National Party MP Chris Bishop. The government, Hutt City Council, and Greater Wellington Regional Council will look for cost-cutting measures while ensuring the project goes ahead as planned. A meeting is scheduled for February to discuss budget efficiencies, with an announcement on the cuts expected in March. Hutt City Council remains committed to the transformative project.