SkyPath funds pledged

North Shore Times - - OUT & ABOUT - ADAM JA­COB­SON AND JO MOIR

Labour has pledged a ma­jor fund­ing boost for SkyPath - a pro­posed walk­ing and cy­cling cross­ing for the Auck­land Har­bour Bridge.

An­nounced as part of Labour’s walk­ing and cy­cling poli­cies, $30 mil­lion would be com­mit­ted to­wards the con­struc­tion of SkyPath.

It would be clipped to the city side of the bridge, giv­ing Auck­lan­ders the abil­ity to walk and cy­cle across the Waitem­ata Har­bour for free.

This would top up $33m in in­vest­ment al­ready funded by a public-pri­vate part­ner­ship.

Labour’s trans­port spokesman Michael Wood said the cur­rent Gov­ern­ment had shown sup­port for SkyPath but was yet to pro­vide fund­ing. So far, the re­source con­sent process had been ap­proved but there was still work to be done around the ‘‘tech­ni­cal de­sign’’ of SkyPath.

Wood told me­dia he couldn’t com­mit to when the project would be built but the ‘‘money would be put up straight away’’.

If SkyPath re­quired more fund­ing than the com­mit­ted $30 mil­lion, Wood said they’d con­sider charg­ing over­seas tourists to use it.

Projects such as this were es­sen­tial in en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to walk and cy­cle safely around their com­mu­ni­ties, Wood said

‘‘SkyPath will be good for our health, good for our en­vi­ron­ment and good for Auck­land,’’ he said.

Bike Auck­land wel­comed the prom­ise.

HUGH COLLINS/STUFF

Labour’s trans­port spokesman Michael Wood says $30 mil­lion to build SkyPath would be com­mit­ted un­der a Labour Gov­ern­ment.

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