Cole­man queries SkyPath’s fu­ture

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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.

JODI YEATS/STUFF

North­cote can­di­dates Jonathan Cole­man, Na­tional, and Shanan Hal­bert, Labour, go head-to-head on North­cote’s election is­sues.

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