Two Grey Lynn cy­cle­ways to con­nect

Auckland City Harbour News - - THE A$6.2 MILLION EMIRATES MELBOURNE CUP IS THE PI - ADAM JACOBSON

Road­works have started to join two cen­tral Auck­land cy­cle­ways.

Con­trac­tors have stared widen­ing the foot­path by 1.9m along a 350m stretch of Sur­rey Cres be­tween the Great North Rd in­ter­sec­tion and Firth St in Grey Lynn.

The up­grades are part of AT’s Grey Lynn, Arch Hill and West­mere im­prove­ments pro­ject and have re­ceived in­vest­ment un­der the Gov­ern­ment’s $200m Ur­ban Cy­cle­ways Pro­gramme.

Work will be con­ducted in 200m seg­ments to­wards Bul­lock Track, with each seg­ment ex­pected to take two to there weeks to com­plete.

The cy­cle­ways will even­tu­ally join at the in­ter­sec­tion of Sur­rey Cres, with route one lead­ing off Prime Rd, along Old Mill Rd to Gar­net Rd then up to the Me­ola Rd round­about.

Route two will trail from Rich­mond Rd to Parawai Cres, then through the West Lynn shop­ping cen­tre, con­nect­ing to the re­cently opened Grey Lynn Green­ways Route pro­ject.

Util­is­ing a mix­ture of sep­a­rated and pro­tected lanes its aim will be to pro­vide safer cy­cling routes through­out the area.

Ad­di­tional im­prove­ments in­clude bet­ter pedes­trian road cross­ings, in­creased bus pri­or­ity by ex­tend­ing bus op­er­at­ing hours and ex­ist­ing lanes.

The en­tire pro­ject should be fin­ished by the end of 2018.

AT spokesper­son Con­nie Rowe said a com­mu­nity ad­vi­sory pro­gramme had been put in place to min­imise dis­rup­tion to busi- nesses along the route.

‘‘We en­gage with lo­cal busi­nesses di­rectly, iden­ti­fy­ing po­ten­tial dis­rup­tions in ad­vance, and look­ing for ways to min­imise these on an in­di­vid­ual ba­sis,’’ Rowe said.

AT let com­mu­ni­ties know seven days prior to work be­gin­ning by de­liv­er­ing let­ters to busi- Rd.

Thir­teen busi­nessess signed a pe­ti­tion in July to halt the route run­ning from Pt Che­va­lier Rd to Me­ola Rd, then along Me­ola and Gar­net Rd to the West­mere shops.

Busi­nesses said they were con­cerned about road safety and loss of park­ing.

ADAM JACOBSON/STUFF

A sec­tion be­tween Surey Cres and Firth St is be­ing re­de­vel­oped to make way for new cy­cle­ways.

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