Bridge cy­cle­way still un­de­cided

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

A de­ci­sion on adding a walk­way and cy­cle­way to the Auck­land Har­bour Bridge has been de­layed un­til the end of the year.

The New Zealand Trans­port Agency has called for more in­for­ma­tion be­fore de­cid­ing whether to push ahead with the project.

Chair­man Brian Roche says the board needs to be sat­is­fied the walk­way and cy­cle­way is the best use of the funds. He says costs will be greater than the construction es­ti­mates of be­tween $24 mil­lion and $43m.

“For ex­am­ple, con­nect­ing the cy­cle­way to the ex­ist­ing net­work at ei­ther end of the bridge alone could cost up to $18m.

“There are also ad­di­tional costs as­so­ci­ated with the op­er­a­tional im­pacts.”

The board has asked for more in­for­ma­tion on safety is­sues, tech­ni­cal as­pects of the bridge struc­ture, the im­pact on the eco­nomic life of the bridge, and the im­pact on plans for an ad­di­tional har­bour cross­ing.

Mr Roche says the board will con­tinue to talk to re­gional part­ners on the is­sue over the next few months.

The Ge­tAcross cam­paign is be­ing led by cycling and walk­ing ad­vo­cates Cy­cle Action Auck­land and Walk Auck­land.

It has back­ing in prin­ci­ple from the Auck­land Re­gional Coun­cil and North Shore City Coun­cil, but the Auck­land City Coun­cil’s trans­port com­mit­tee said the plan was laud­able, but too pricey.

About 450 peo­ple turned out for a rally in Westhaven on Septem­ber 22 to sup­port the project.

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