Coleman queries SkyPath’s future
National’s Northcote candidate Jonathan Coleman questions the feasibility of SkyPath, saying the NZTA will need to make a decision on whether the Auckland Harbour Bridge’s clip-on lanes could support it.
Coleman made the surprise comment in a debate with Labour candidate Shanan Halbert, livestreamed on the North Shore Times Facebook page and Neighbourly.co.nz.
If it could be done structurally, it would have to link to the proposed coastal cycleway, SeaPath, so it didn’t bring 8000 visitors a day, at peak times, into Northcote Pt, which would destroy the suburb, Coleman said.
Halbert said National had made no clear commitment to SkyPath and pointed to Labour’s pledge of $30m funding for it.
Halbert said it was only Coleman’s Northcote Pt neighbours who opposed it. Residents need to realise they live on a public road.
Halbert commutes to Ma¯ ngere daily and also supports the T3 lane, with 70 per cent of commuters down Onewa Rd using public transport.
Labour sees public transport as the solution and would bring light rail to Takapuna by 2030. Halbert couldn’t answer questions about an additional harbour crossing.
Coleman says, as MP, he would advocate to bring an additional harbour crossing forward.
Northcote candidates Jonathan Coleman, National, and Shanan Halbert, Labour, go head-to-head on Northcote’s election issues.