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Project introduction

The SkyPath walking and cycling connection over the Auckland Harbour Bridge aims to provide pedestrian and cyclist access to and from the city from the North Shore.

  • Project type

    Walking & cycling
  • Project status

    Investigation & Design

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Purpose

A walking and cycling link over the Auckland Harbour Bridge is currently missing in Auckland’s network of walking and cycling routes.

Benefits

The proposal would potentially provide valuable transport and tourism benefits and appeal to a wide range of users, including commuters, visitors and recreational users.

About the project

The NZ Transport Agency has commenced a Detailed Business Case for a walking and cycling connection over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, commonly known as SkyPath. The consented SkyPath is a 1km long, 4m wide walking and cycling path, attached to the southbound ‘clip-on’ of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, between Westhaven and Northcote Point.

The consented SkyPath design has a southern landing at Westhaven and a northern landing underneath the Auckland Harbour Bridge at Northcote Point. SkyPath’s consented design accommodates walking and cycling for all ages and abilities, and includes mobility landings to ensure accessibility for wheelchair users. The consent allows it to open between 6am-10pm each day.

The Transport Agency is the owner and manager of the Auckland Harbour Bridge.  

More information

The SkyPath walking and cycling connection over Auckland Harbour Bridge will provide pedestrian and cyclist access to and from the city from the North Shore. It has long been considered a fundamental missing link in the Auckland transport network.

The Transport Agency recently took over the SkyPath project and is currently developing a detailed business case to determine the preferred design option and timeline for construction, and to further develop project costs and benefits to confirm the economic case for the project. SkyPath has been included in the National Land Transport Programme 2018-2021. This is an important step forward.

Assuming the detailed business case confirms the economic case, the SkyPath project will be able to proceed to implementation, with construction beginning after the necessary designs are complete and consents in place. The detailed business case will be complete by mid-2019.

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