Recent discussions with Transport Minister Simon Bridges have resulted in the opportunity for a toll-free SkyPath at no cost to Auckland ratepayers!
Earlier this year when Downer Construction withdrew from the SkyPath PPP, they advised that SkyPath was too small and unique to work as a PPP. When we met with the Transport Minister Simon Bridges to discuss issues with the proposed PPP, he advised he could fund SkyPath in the next tranche of the Government’s Urban Cycleway Program funding.
With the proposed PPP having foundered, we see Minister Bridges’ offer to fully fund SkyPath as the best way forward. This would avoid the 25 years of tolling SkyPath users and revenue underwrite by ratepayers as required for the PPP. Over the 25 years, the PPP would cost approximately $248 million.