New funding to speed up development of the Eastern Connection Cycleway in Tamaki

Tamaki Electorate
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tamaki MP Simon O’Connor is delighted locals will enjoy the ‘Eastern Connections to the City Centre’ cycleway sooner than previously planned, thanks to $13.01 million of funding from the $333 million Urban Cycleways Programme.

“The Eastern Connections to the City Centre cycleway is an important initiative that will improve the health of our community. It is a project I have been very keen on and I am pleased to see that government funding has been secured.”

“This new funding will accelerate the build, meaning we will all be able to take advantage of the cycleway earlier,” said Mr O’Connor.

The Eastern Connections to City Centre package runs through Tamaki and includes the Glen Innes to Tamaki Shared Path, the Eastern Waterfront City Connection and the Parnell Routes (Newmarket to Strand). This will include a mix of separated and on-road cycle facilities resulting in an additional 10.8km of the Auckland Cycle Network.

“It is pleasing to see central and local government working together on our cycleway, with $13.01 million contributed from the Urban Cycleways Fund, $13.01 million from the National Land Transport Fund, and $13.01 million from the Auckland City Council. I have been pleased to work with Orakei Local Board Chair, Desley Simpson, around this project.”

This cycleway is one of 41 similar projects around the country designed to encourage cycling by making it safer and more attractive.

National’s commitment to providing safe and accessible urban cycleways is changing the face of cycling in New Zealand.