Big changes are in the pipeline for Tamaki Dr and the final stage of the Glen Innes to Tamaki Dr path. The changes to Tamaki Dr come following feedback from an earlier consultation while AT are consulting on the design of GI to Tamaki Dr path along a longer, and more inconvenient route around the eastern edge of Hobson Bay.
Tamaki Dr Changes
AT consulted on the design for Tamaki Dr between The Strand and the Ngapipi intersection a few months ago. Consisting of shared paths on either side of the road was far from ideal. Our friends over at Bike Auckland couldn’t support it resulting in them suggesting a different solution. This is largely what Auckland Transport have agreed to implement.
They now plan to extend the protected, bi-directional cycleway of Quay St along the Northern side of Tamaki Dr to the Ngapipi intersection, with the exception of a section between The Strand and Solent St). At Ngapipi it will connect to the GI to Tamaki Dr project.
AT plan to widen the bridge immediately west of the Ngapipi intersection with 2.5m wide clip ons on either side. Essentially the existing shared path on the northern side of the bridge will become the cycleway while the clip on will be the new footpath.
As part of these works, AT also plan to raise Tamaki Dr by up to half a metre and change the curve on the seawall to help deflect waves and prevent flooding which has been an issue.
Overall this seems like it will provide a much better outcome for Tamaki Dr, which is Auckland’s busiest bike route.
Glen Innes to Tamaki Dr path
As you can see in the first image and the one below, the new 4m wide boardwalk is now planned to hug the eastern side of Hobson Bay. The project had initially been intended to follow the rail line straight across the bay alongside the rail line but this new route will be much less direct for those heading to the city, adding over 700m to the journey. The flip side to this is that it will be easier for those wanting to reach the eastern beaches.
AT are now consulting on the route and design of the connections. They plan to hold two feedback sessions
- Wednesday 20 September, 7am to 10am at Lilliputt Mini Golf car park, 3 Tamaki Drive, Parnell.
- Saturday 23 September, 8am to 11am, Orakei Bay Village, 228 Orakei Road, Remuera.
I think it’s a huge shame that people won’t be able to glide out across the middle of the bay. While this shouldn’t be the only criteria, that feels like it would have been a much more iconic experience.
What do you think of the designs?