18 Oct 2009

Group to reveal harbour bridge design proposal

2:18 pm on 18 October 2009

A group of more than 30 construction, architecture and tourism groups say they will be releasing in December cost and design details for a replacement for Auckland's ageing Harbour Bridge.

The Transport Agency rejected the option of a second bridge last year in favour of a $4.1 billion series of undersea tunnels.

However the ANZAC Centenary Bridge Group is undeterred and says a new bridge would be much cheaper to build and maintain.

The group's spokesperson, Richard Simpson, says initial projections suggest the bridge would cost between $2bn and $3bn.

He says the cost of bridge maintainence is between one-third and one-fifth of the cost for tunnels.