5 Sep 2015

Next step for Christchurch's Coastal Pathway

7:04 am on 5 September 2015

Another section of Christchurch's Coastal Pathway has been completed.

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The Coastal Pathway will stretch from Ferrymead to Sumner. Photo: Supplied

The $25 million cycling and walking track will eventually stretch from Ferrymead at the top of the Avon Heathcote Estuary to Scarborough Beach, next to the seaside suburb of Sumner.

The latest section brought the already-completed portion along the Sumner Causeway to within a few hundred metres of the Ferrymead Bridge.

As it was opened, Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel paid tribute to the construction company Fulton Hogan, that donated labour and materials to the project.

"I'm going to ask everyone... to not just put their hands together for Fulton Hogan but to put their hands together for the sort of partnership between Fulton Hogan, the Coastal Pathway Group, the city and the Scirt Alliance, and the whole community who are going to benefit from this."

She said the pathway symbolises the sort of cycle-friendly city Christchurch wanted to be.

Aside from the Coastal Pathway, the council has committed to delivering $65m worth of cycleways over the next three years, made up of council and government funding.

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