Sup­por t builds for bridge walk­ing and cycling lanes

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The score is now 2-1 in favour of a walk­ing and cycling link across the Auck­land Har­bour Bridge.

The Auck­land Re­gional Coun­cil and North Shore City Coun­cil have both given sup­port in prin­ci­ple to the project.

Auck­land City Coun­cil ear­lier voted not to back the plan, say­ing it was laud­able but too ex­pen­sive.

The coun­cils have funded a joint study into op­tions for the walk­way and cy­cle­way, along with re­gional and na­tional trans­port agen­cies.

Op­tions be­ing con­sid­ered range in cost from $24 mil­lion to more than $40m.

Re­gional coun­cil trans­port com­mit­tee chair­woman Chris­tine Rose says the com­mit­tee does not yet have a pref­er­ence for a par­tic­u­lar op­tion.

“There was a feel­ing that we needed more in­for­ma­tion about nar­row­ing the lanes as part of the least ex­pen­sive op­tion,” she says.

“There was also dis­cus­sion about the need to look at benefi t s be­yond those re­lat­ing to strictly to trans­port.”

The com­mit­tee voted to sup­port the project, sub­ject to an eval­u­a­tion of the benefi ts against other re­gional pri­or­i­ties.

Green MP K eith Locke says it’s worth spending the money to widen the bridge, cre­at­ing wider driv­ing, cycling and walk­ing lanes.

“The ex­tra $12m to $19m for the wider op­tions is only a frac­tion of the cost over­run for most mo­tor­way projects.”

The New Zealand Trans­port Agency and the Auck­land Re­gional Trans­port Au­thor­ity are yet to con­sider the re­port.

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