Suppor t builds for bridge walking and cycling lanes
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.