Construction of Section 2 of the Glen Innes to Tamaki Dr Path is currently well underway and once completed will join up the two sections that have already been completed creating a path from Glen Innes to Orakei. That will leave just Section 4 to connect from Orakei to the recently completed upgrade of Tamaki Dr.
Auckland Transport are now consulting on their plans for that final section. They say
Through our work with these stakeholders, we:
- have ensured recreational water access is retained.
- are ensuring the shared path through Whakatakataka Reserve (where the pathway connects to Ngapipi Road) complements Ōrākei Local Board and Auckland Council aspirations to restore the reserve.
- will ensure the boatsheds remain accessible, and safety for path and shed users are provided.
- have designed the overwater section (boardwalk and bridge) for sea-level rise.
- have sought to minimise the size of the boardwalk and bridge, and design it in a way so that it complements the natural environment.
We have also reflected feedback received from consultations on other sections of the Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive shared path. We know it is important to the community that:
- lighting is unobtrusive (while still illuminating the path safety).
- we preserve views from the path to the surrounding area and natural environment.
- people are kept safe with surfaces that minimise the risk of slipping.
- The balustrade height is kept low, while still being safe.
- curves are smooth for cyclists.
- a rest area is provided.
The map below summarises the plan
There’s also video about it.
There’s also a little bit more information about the path around Orakei Rd and where it joins Ngapipi.
At Orakei ducking going under the bridge and around doesn’t seem ideal but there probably aren’t to many easy solutions given the height difference between the existing boardwalk and the bridge. It’s also good to see AT are actually proposing to remove some car parking to ensure the path is continuous. There are also new traffic lights at the entrance to the Park & Ride.
Around where the path joins Ngapipi Rd the path passes through Whakatakataka Reserve.
The sections through here will be 4m wide though they say a “600mm flush safety buffer of textured /coloured concrete will run along the edge of the shared path, acting as a visual cue to encourage people away from the roadside.“. So really just a 3.34m path.
This is the same where it passes the historic boat sheds however there AT are planning on shifting the road closer to the cliff in order to retain parking
My worry with this section, and the path overall, is that it’s a shared path and one that’s going to be really popular with a lot of people both on foot and on wheels. Ideally we’d be providing a separate space for those moving faster on wheels but because we’re not I fear it’s going to end up being too narrow. We already need to widen the NW cycleway and I widening this section in the future isn’t going to be easy.
If you’re interested in talking to the project team in person, there are a couple of events coming up
- Saturday 21 August 10am – 1pm, Ōrākei Bay Village, 228 Orakei Road
- Sunday 29 August, 10am – 1pm, Sunhill Garden Centre, 317 Saint Johns Road
Consultation closes 6 September but construction isn’t expected to start until the 2022/23 financial year.
Finally, with the new Panmure to Pakuranga path being build as part of the Eastern Busway, I wonder when we’ll see a project announced to join them both up