NZTA funds walkway
The New Zealand Transport Agency has agreed to fund more than half of the $3.5 million Tawa Stream cycleway/walkway.
NZTA will pay for 53 per cent of the project with Wellington City Council providing the rest as part of its Strategic Cycling and Walking network.
Andy Foster, council spokesman for walking and cycling, was delighted to get to this stage and said NZTA funding was crucial.
‘‘Since last June, in addition to pursuing NZTA support, council officers have done a fantastic job in further defining the route set out by Opus in their 2007-08 report, and in particular talking with KiwiRail about access to the rail corridor in places.’’
Northern ward councillor and Tawa resident Ngaire Best kicked off the project with Friends of Tawa Bush Reserve five years ago, as chairwoman of the Tawa Community Board. Now funding is secured, she said more details could be addressed.
‘‘ The walkway broadly follows the Porirua Stream right through Tawa, incorporating a whole series of reserves, like Linden, Duncan, Grasslees, Taylor and Willowbank parks. It will really tie Tawa together for people walking or biking the length of Tawa. It will also include key links across the suburb notably to the college.’’
Money has also been earmarked from the Plimmer Bequest for work in reserves along the route.
Mr Foster says the project will be delivered in stages over the next five years with construction of the first stage planned to start in February or March next year. Before that there will be consultation on design details and which segments should be done first.