Hot off the press, we hear from Bevan Woodward (AHB Pathways Trustee and cycling campaigner) that the Auckland Harbour Bridge walk- and cycleway has been included in the Long Term Plan of Auckland Council as a “zero budget” line item!
As the name says, this means that currently, there is no funding associated with it. However, this allows the project to fomally proceed to the next steps, and sends a positive message to the private capital funders that the Council sees a toll as a workable way forward.
Related to this, Waterfront Auckland have apparently also received a $9 million budget to construct a big part of the Waterfront Boulevard. The new section of the waterfront walk- and cycleway is to run from Wynyard Quarter to… the south end of the Harbour Bridge!
We will give you more detail once we have it, but these two messages were just too positive to not hand on right away.