GPS 2018 gives green light to SkyPath + SeaPath

The Government Policy Statement released today specifically includes the SkyPath and SeaPath projects, which deliver the “critical missing links in the urban cycle network in areas of high demand… ….between Auckland’s North Shore and City Centre”. [Page 17]

Project Director Bevan Woodward says “SkyPath and SeaPath will be transformational for Auckland. They provide an alternative to commuters sitting in congestion, new opportunities for recreation and a reason for tourists to spend an extra day in Auckland. ”

“And even more significantly, SkyPath and SeaPath will help ensure we reach the tipping point for walking and cycling in Auckland. For decades these modes have been neglected by our transport authorities. Given the mounting issues for transport of too many vehicles, CO2 emissions, air pollution, poor health outcomes, road danger and community severance, it is walking and cycling in conjunction with enhanced public transport that will play a major role in delivering on the Government’s objective of achieving a safe, efficient and sustainable transport system.”

“In terms of getting SkyPath and SeaPath delivered, we’re pleased to see NZTA stepping up to the job. They have the skills and experience of managing the Auckland Harbour Bridge and we look forward to working with them to expedite SkyPath and SeaPath.”

SkyPath + SeaPath funding of $99 million confirmed

SkyPath + SeaPath funding of $99 million has been confirmed:

“And what many Aucklanders might just view as the biggest transport funding news of all? The Government, not Auckland Transport and the council, will fully fund the walking and cycle route SkyPath, over the harbour bridge, and its companion route SeaPath, which carries on to Esmonde Rd in Takapuna.

They’re budgeted at $99m. SeaPath will be built this year and next, with SkyPath following. The whole project will be open by 2021.”

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

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.