Work has begun on Wellington's newest cycle-way.

The 1.5km path would connect Haitaitai and Miramar via Cobham Drive.

Members of the Wellington City Council and the Minister for Transport took part in a sod-turning ceremony today on the Cobham Drive trail.

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester said, "The collaboration between local and central government was vital in getting to this stage."

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He said it would cost around $5.5 million and the government was providing funding for it.

Transport Minister, Simon Bridges also took part in the ceremony.

He said Wellingtonians would benefit from the city becoming more cycle-friendly.

"The benefits of cycling are huge, on commuting, socialising, lifestyle and most importantly health."

Lester said he hoped the cycle-way would provide a safe environment out of traffic for kids to ride their bikes to school.