SkyPath Trust is excited at the progress being made to deliver SkyPath.
Project Director Bevan Woodward says “With the pending transfer of ownership of SkyPath’s Intellectual Property and project knowledge from SkyPath Trust to NZTA, we are pleased to see NZTA’s urgency in progressing its Detailed Business Case for SkyPath’s delivery. We fully support NZTA’s objective to deliver SkyPath per the consent conditions determined by the Court of Appeal.
With the sale of the Intellectual Property and project knowledge to NZTA, the Trust will be able to pay the deferred fees owed to SkyPath’s design team. These consultants have worked over the last decade, often under challenging circumstances without payment, to make SkyPath a viable project – a transformational project that is now consented, funded and ready for NZTA to deliver.
Without the remarkable commitment and perseverance of our consultants, there would be no SkyPath project today. We look forward to seeing them finally paid!
And NZTA’s progress on the walking and cycling link between SeaPath and Takapuna, known as ‘SeaPath’, is also pleasing. NZTA’s Detailed Business Case for SeaPath’s delivery is being put forward for approval at NZTA’s December 2018 board meeting.”
With the pending transition of SkyPath’s ownership to NZTA, the Trust is looking at new goals to improve walking and cycling in New Zealand. A key focus is safe speeds, for example: urban speed limits of 30 km/h and on rural roads 80 km/h or less.
Woodward says “We must reduce road fatalities whilst improving safety for active transport users. Safer speed limits are the single most effective and easily adopted intervention to achieve this. This is an exciting challenge on which we are working to get NZTA on board.”