SeaPath will work in conjunction with SkyPath to provide a continuous walking and cycling connection between the North Shore and Auckland’s city centre.
The shortlist of route options included three broad alignments which were considered during previous phases of work. These were a Seaward route (partially in the harbour), a Coastal route (on the eastern or coastal side of the motorway), and a Landward route (on the western side of the motorway).
Feedback from stakeholders, the community and our investigations have led us to select the landward route for the following reasons:
- It has the least impact on the foreshore environment and potential impact on significant ecological, cultural and geological values. Importantly, it avoids shorebird habitats, including the nesting area of the rare New Zealand Dotterel.
- It offers the most connectivity and accessibility to planned and existing walking and cycling routes in the area.
- It is more sheltered from prevailing winds and tides.
- It is located near the existing motorway and local road designations which means fewer consenting issues since existing transport infrastructure will be used where feasible.
- It is the lowest cost and provides the highest benefit when assessed against other options.
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