Enabling works to start, Government requests delivery of SkyPath + SeaPath

SkyPath enabling work starts:Auckland Council’s Panuku is about to commence enabling works for SkyPath at Westhaven. This work includes reconfiguration of the park and road to the west of the Harbour Bridge, public amenity improvements in the area (lighting, CCTV, cycling and walking improvements, etc) and remediation of the sea wall.

Government requests delivery of SkyPath + SeaPath: Our new Government’s direction on transport has given NZTA a clear mandate to deliver SkyPath + SeaPath. We have a good working relationship with NZTA and welcome their involvement.

A strategic approach to transport for New Zealand:The new Government Policy Statement on Transport understands we cannot build our way out of congestion and gives greater priority to public transport, walking, cycling, local roading improvements and road safety. We believe this approach is world-class and encourage you to submit feedback by email to:gps2018@transport.govt.nz

Government moving things along

The Government has asked NZTA to fund and deliver both SkyPath and SeaPath.  NZTA have advised the Government that their target delivery date would be late 2020.

We have advised Government that NZTA will need to acquire SkyPath’s resource consent funded by PIP Fund (through the underwrite agreement with Auckland Council) and the design IP funded by the SkyPath Trust.   NZTA is now seeking its Board endorsement.

We believe that having NZTA deliver SkyPath and SeaPath is the optimal approach and look forward to a successful delivery of SkyPath and SeaPath – as does Associate Transport Minister Genter: “I’m looking forward to having a cycle path across the bridge in the future so we can do this every day.”  Read more and see the pictures here.

Minister Genter rides across: “I’m looking forward to having a cycle path across the bridge in the future so we can do this every day.”

Minister Genter takes part in the 2018 Bike the Bridge: “Cycling across the Harbour Bridge is always incredibly fun. I’m looking forward to having a cycle path across the bridge in the future so we can do this every day.”  Read more and see the pictures here.

The Government has requested that NZTA fund and deliver SkyPath + SeaPath together. Read more here.

Looking positive for SkyPath under new Government

With the new Government in place we’ve seen a number of very positive developments:

1) We recently met with Hon Julie Anne Genter, Associate Minister of Transport and reiterated our goal of a toll-free SkyPath. Per this media release, we now await some very good news for Aucklanders!

2) The Minister of Transport, Hon Phil Twyford is working with MoT to revise its priorities. This will see greater walking and cycling along with improved public transport for better health, safety and environmental outcomes.

3) The new Government is focused on achieving a multi-modal, efficient transport system, where all modes realise their potential and play their part in the overall system. We fully support this approach.

Phil Twyford commits to a toll-free SkyPath

Phil Twyford commits to a toll-free SkyPath with funding from the Government’s Transport budget – listen to him from 8:50 in this Newstalk ZB interview:

The SkyPath design team are now ready to start work on the detailed design in preparation for SkyPath’s delivery phase.  We are in discussions with NZTA and are awaiting their go ahead.

We are also working to expedite SeaPath.  Together SkyPath and SeaPath will transform our Harbour Bridge and provide transport choice for the North Shore.