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Auckland's Skypath gets court approval

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 2/11/2016

Auckland's harbour-crossing cycle track, the SkyPath, has overcome opposition from a residents' group to be cleared for consent by the Environment Court.

The Northcote Point Heritage Preservation Society appealed a decision to grant the project consent in July, arguing the number of people crossing and the opening hours would negatively affect the North Shore suburb.

But the Environment Court on Wednesday indicated the project would be granted consent, subject to refinements to some conditions.

The $30-million Skypath would create a walking and cycle route over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, and it is expected more than 10,000 people will use the path each day at peak times at a charge of between $2 and $3 per trip.

The Northcote Residents Association also intended to appeal over the effects on the view, traffic, parking, privacy, safety, security and amenities around the northern landing - but later withdrew its case.

The project is expected to start in mid 2017 and will be run as a public-private partnership between the Council and HRL Morrison and Co's public infrastructure fund.

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