16 Dec 2016

SkyPath over Auckland Harbour Bridge gets green light

1:34 pm on 16 December 2016

The SkyPath pedestrian and cycle pathway across the Auckland harbour bridge is one step closer, with the Environment Court granting the project its resource consent.

A graphic showing the entrance to the proposed walkway.

A graphic showing the entrance to the proposed walkway. Photo: Copyright © 2011 - 2014 Generation Zero Incorporated.

Auckland Council has welcomed the final written decision of the court, and Councillor Chris Darby, chair of the Planning Committee, said it was a "momentous step forward".

"SkyPath is the beacon for the future of active transport in Auckland, and is a crucial part of a grand vision to connect Takapuna with St Heliers," said Mr Darby.

"SkyPath has passed every test and challenge thrown at it. It has been rigourously examined both by the council and the Environment Court. I'm looking forward to seeing this project realised."

The court said SkyPath would "regulate and minimise effects on the environment entirely adequately".

Skypath

Skypath Photo: http://www.skypath.org.nz/

The resource consent was originally granted in July 2015 by independent commissioners, but was appealed by several community organisations.

The SkyPath is proposed to be four metres wide and fixed to the eastern clip-on lane of the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

A public-private partnership is set to fund the $30 million project, with construction, operation and maintenance costs fronted by HRL Morrison and Co's public infrastructure partnership fund, and the Auckland Council underwriting some of the revenue.

In return, users would pay about $2 to $3 admission for crossing each way.

At peak times, 10,000 to 12,000 people are expected to use the crossing each day.

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