Auckland Transport have started consultation on another of their major cycleway projects, the New Lynn to Avondale Shared Path. This 2.9km route will link in the Waterview Shared Path now under construction through to Avondale largely alongside the rail line. The project is expected to cost $17.7 million and was included in the Urban Cycle Funding package announced by the government last year.
As part of the project a new bridge will be built over the Whau River next to the rail bridge.
On the Bridge and Whau River, AT say
In the past Maori used the Whau River as a portage route between the Manukau and Waitemata Harbours.
Iwi have chosen imagery for the path and the bridge, promoting the importance to the local area of traditional waka portage and harvesting activities along the Whau River and the migration of the kuaka (godwit).
These images will be portrayed in various ways on the bridge and along the path. There will be patterns within the concrete on the bridge structure. In addition, images will be cut out of a metal panel which will run across the bridge, screening it from the adjacent rail bridge.
The high level route is shown below
Here’s what AT say about the route
The shared path will:
- Start at Rankin Avenue in New Lynn and finish east of the Blockhouse Bay Road/Rosebank Road/Trent Street intersection in Avondale. Gaps in the existing shared path between Rankin Avenue and Portage Road will be filled with new sections of shared path.
- Be 2.9 kilometres long.
- Be mostly off-road within the rail corridor, with a section through Chalmers Reserve in Avondale.
- Create a continuous shared path linking New Lynn Train Station, Avondale Train Station, Waterview Shared Path (currently under construction), the Northwestern cycleway and city centre networks.
- Connect with the proposed Te Whau Pathway and other local walking and cycling routes.
- Have access points at road crossings including Portage Road, Arran Street, St Georges Road, Chalmers Street, St Jude Street and Blockhouse Bay Road.
- Cross the Whau River on a new purpose-built bridge (which will stand alongside the existing rail bridge). The Whau Local Board has provided significant funding for this bridge.
- Be fenced off from the railway line and neighbouring properties.
- Be well lit and designed to promote safety for users and neighbours of the path.
- A safer, more appealing route for pedestrians and people on bikes.
- Easier access to local train stations and town centres.
- New landscaping and improved visual appearance of public spaces.
- New wayfinding signage.
- New cycle parking.
Construction of the bridge is proposed to take place in late 2016, with the aim to start construction of the shared path in 2017.
There are more detailed maps here (9MB) showing just where the path will go with one of the challenging aspects seeming to be at the Avondale Train Station where the path will go along the back of it. There are a number of other pinch points along the route too.
The consultation will run till 15 May and AT will also have people to talk to at the New Lynn Night Markets in a few weeks
New Lynn Night Market.
When: Thursday 5 May 2016.
Time: 6pm to 9pm.
Where: New Lynn Community Centre, 45 Totara Avenue, New Lynn.