Government could fund SkyPath
A walking and cycling route over Auckland’s Harbour Bridge could be toll-free for Aucklanders.
SkyPath project director Bevan Woodward said on Friday the $34 million route could be delivered at no cost to Auckland ratepayers through Government funding.
The development comes after a series of setbacks since the project got resource consent in November, including major partner Downer Group withdrawing from the public-private partnership (PPP) earlier this year. Downer left the PPP with Auckland Council and the SkyPath Trust.
The SkyPath Trust announced this week it was also withdrawing from the PPP agreement.
Woodward said he had met with Transport Minister Simon Bridges in March, who was ‘‘very much affirming the Government’s willingness to fund the project’’.
While Bridges wanted to see if the PPP could still be made to work, Woodward said he was ‘‘reassured’’ when the Minister advised he could fund SkyPath in the next tranche of the Government’s Urban Cycleway Programme funding.
‘‘He was very supportive, he said he saw it as a missing link.’’
However, a spokesman for Bridges said the Government had not yet agreed to fully fund the project. It could be considered for funding as part of a future Urban Cycleway Programme, he said.
The SkyPath cycle and walkway could be funded through a Government urban cycleway scheme.