NZTA funds walk­way

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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.

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