With stage 1 well under way, later this month the council will publicly notify the application to build the next two stages of the Eastern Path, the walk and cycling path from Glen Innes to Tamaki Dr. Stages 2 & 3 are from St Johns Rd to Meadowbank and Meadowbank to Orakei. This week they will be holding open days where they say new designs for it will be on display.
With a total cost of the project at $40 million, AT say the it is the 7km path is biggest ever cycle project in the city and the total project including Stage 4 over the Orakei Basin will in 2018. We and our friends at Bike Auckland believe a lot more needs to be done to improve connections to the path. Below is a bit more detail on each of the stages about to be notified.
- The path will be around four metres wide, constructed mostly in concrete.
- From St Johns Road, the path descends into Purewa Valley, crossing streams and wetlands. The bush environment and cityscape backdrop create one of the most scenic sections of the project.
- A bridge will take the path over the eastern rail line at Tahapa Reserve, connecting with Meadowbank Train Station.
- Future links into the path are under consideration. These would enable more people to access it.
- Construction is planned towards the end of winter, taking advantage of the cooler months when fewer people use Orakei Basin. We plan to keep the boardwalk open during construction.
- The boardwalk will be widened from 2.7 metres to 4.5 metres – lots of space for people walking or cycling.
- A slip-resistant surface applied to the wooden boardwalk will keep the path from getting slippery.
- LED lighting incorporated into a wooden handrail will provide a visual effect and extend the hours of use.
The open days are on Tuesday and Thursday this week
- When: Tuesday 12 April and Thursday 14 April 2016, 3pm to 7pm.
- Where: St Chads Church, 38 St Johns Road, Meadowbank.