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Scrap Cycling Bridge Proposal | Scoop News


The government should scrap plans to build a $750 million
walking and cycling bridge across the Waitemata Harbour and
instead commission a continuous electric ferry service to
transport pedestrians and cyclists across it
instead.

Apart from the cost, which will reach $850
million by the time it is constructed, the bridge option has
far too many negatives.

Not the least is that it is
likely to be closed off when frequent storms, such as the
one that closed the bridge itself last year when a truck
overturned, funnel their way down the Waitemata
harbour.

Even if the cost of the ferry service was $10
million per year, the government could fully subsidise it
for the next 75 years and it would still be cheaper than
building a bridge.

At a time when the construction
sector is already struggling to recruit the skilled staff it
needs, and having the specialist equipment available,
building another bridge simply adds to a problem that is
already leading to other projects being put on the
backburner.

The EV ferry service could provide another
point of departure and arrival for North Shore residents at
Westhaven in addition to the downtown ferry
terminal.

A ferry solution is used successfully in a
number of other countries and is a much lower carbon
footprint option than a massive concrete and steel bridge
structure.

Auckland’s EV Ferries and McMullen &
Wing are experienced in the design and construction of
electric ferries and their expertise should be harnessed to
construct the vessels.

That would boost New Zealand’s
boat building industry and open up the potential to gain
export markets for the type of vessel that might be put into
service on a cross harbour pedestrian and cycling ferry
service.

The harbour trip would also be a tourist
attraction for visitors from across the country and
overseas.

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