New designs for Auckland’s biggest ever cycle project were on display at St Chad’s Church in Meadowbank earlier this week. Public were invited to meet the project team, give feedback and ask questions on the Eastern Pathway.
What is the Eastern Pathway? A shared path for pedestrians and cyclists which will follow the eastern rail line from Merton Road near Glen Innes Station to Tamaki Drive. The $40 million project is funded by NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport. Completion of stage one between Merton and St Johns Roads is due mid-2016.
Good connectivity was what people most liked about the path, according to the initial 2014 consultations. Among the potential connections listed at this month’s consultation were Glen Innes and surrounding area, Kohimarama Road – Special Housing Area, John Rymer Place Kohimarama, Purewa Cemetery, and Tahapa Reserve. It was noted that there is no currently proposed connection linking Gowing Drive with the path.
It is important to understand that connections to the path are not funded by the project itself. So while the project team wants as many people as possible to have access to the path, the reality may fall short. The Orakei Local Board (OLB) pledged in the 2016/17 Auckland Budget local prorities to “… find funding to create the links to the shared path…”. And importantly, that this will be done “… following consultation on the location of these with the community”.
Next Steps. Look out for the opportunity to provide feedback later this month, or send your comments now to and we’ll pass them on both the project team and OLB.
Official project website
Glen Innes, Tamaki Drive Cycleway Project Processes With New Designs (stuff.co.nz, 11 April 2016)
Eastern Path is Go (mbsjra.co.nz, October 2015)