Calling on Minister Twyford to stop NZTA delaying SkyPath

NZTA’s surprise announcement of wanting to revisit the design options is a disingenuous ploy to derail SkyPath.  NZTA knows that changing the design at this late stage requires going back and reopening SkyPath’s resource consent application. This would risk years of delay as the NRA would take it to the Environment Court again.

NZTA have been involved in every step of the SkyPath design and consenting process (sometimes reluctantly, sometimes helpfully). This included reviews of the design options, construction materials and widths of the shared path to identify the optimal solution. NZTA then supported Auckland Council’s application for resource consent of the final design for SkyPath.

With SkyPath’s consent obtained, the Government asked NZTA to deliver SkyPath and has provided the funding. It is unnecessary and unacceptable for NZTA to now want to revisit the design.

Until recently, SkyPath was progress well:

  • NZTA was committed to delivering SkyPath per the conditions of the resource consent
  • NZTA’s consultants, engineers Beca and architects Monk McKenzie, had reviewed SkyPath and identified no key issues
  • NZTA was preparing to commission SkyPath Trust’s design team to assist in its detailed business case and
  • NZTA was in discussion with SkyPath Trust to acquire the project’s intellectual property.

Then it all ground to a halt and we learnt that NZTA wants to go back in time and revisit the design options.

Hence we are calling on Minister Twyford to get NZTA focused on the delivery of SkyPath.

12 Responses to “Calling on Minister Twyford to stop NZTA delaying SkyPath”

  1. 26 February 2019

    mark duckworth said:

    please help to deliver skypath. it will be of huge benefit to Auckland congestion, fitness of population and be a huge tourist attraction. Resource consent reviews are a bane of constructive development

  2. 26 February 2019

    Paul said:

    Such a surprise. Never believed them, the motor-head and nimby confederacy never sleep and they know how to pull the strings. Politicians? Yeah right, not even election year. Supercity my a**!

  3. 26 February 2019

    Paul 2 said:

    Unbelievable. The selfishness and shortsightedness of some New Zealanders – often the most privilaged and influential – never ceases to amaze me. NZTA is out of control and the government needs to step in.

  4. 26 February 2019

    Clare allison said:

    Come on Mr Tyford get on with it ,we have been waiting far too long and the people SAY Yes ,so move it along .

  5. 26 February 2019

    Steve said:

    C’mon NZTA, stop d#%king about and get on with it. My kids are 13 & 11 and I’ve been telling them since they could talk and listen that very soon they’d be able to walk and cycle over the bridge, They’re still waiting and can’t understand why.

  6. 26 February 2019

    Brendan Barry-Walsh said:

    The time to deliver is overdue. Disappointing reading but it is not too late to turn it around show some leadership.
    Learn from the Kiwibuild mistakes and deliver something positive whilst on the Treasury benches rather than deliberately stall.

  7. 26 February 2019

    Bruce Palmer said:

    I’d like to know why the design options are being revisited, given the commitment and design review.

    Skypath was to provide walking and cycling access across the bridge after 60 years without. Instead the project has been a series of disappointments under AT / Council management, with the preferred builder failing to bid, and then NZTA doing anything at a glacial pace (e.g. 9 months to produce a business case for a developed design).

    Wtf is happening and why is so little information in the public domain?

  8. 27 February 2019

    Dave Winter said:

    I am 71 and want to see Skypath completed before I am too old to use it. There is already a suitable, practical and consented plan. Please instruct NZTA to stop procrastinating and go ahead with construction

  9. 27 February 2019

    Vicky said:

    Come on Mr Twyford, get a spine. Show some leadership and deliver what has been promised!! Now!

  10. 27 February 2019

    Nick B said:

    To Mr Twyford
    Please pedal or step up to do whatever it takes to make SkyPath happen
    The time to deliver is well overdue.
    Please instruct NZTA to stop procrastinating and go ahead with construction
    There is already a suitable, practical and consented plan
    What is the real hold-up on progressing now?

  11. 4 March 2019

    Matthew Cole said:

    Given the level of public interest, there should be a very clear rationale provided if Skypath progress is to be further delayed, together with a clear impact assessment on the probable consequences of the delay, set against the benefits anticipated. The current materials in the public domain do not seem to present a clear benefit for further review, nor do they set out the anticipated major benefits that might be enabled. Whilst it is important for NZTA to ensure the programme can be realised against the current benefits anticipated – it is surely not appropriate to impact schedule without a clear publicly shared mandate? The current NZTA statements reads, ““We are working hard to make that happen as quickly as possible for the Aucklanders who have waited years for that opportunity as well as for new generations who are keen to leave the car at home.”. It does not set out the need for a process that might cause further significant delay.

  12. 6 March 2019

    Mark B said:

    To Mr Twyford and and NZTA.

    The Auckland Harbour Bridge is monument to short sighted and narrow thinking of former governments and officials. Please take this opportunity to demonstrate that at least in this case we have recognised and moved on from that position. Build the skypath without further delay.

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