Surely a precedent has been set for the link between Wellington and Petone with the building of Auckland’s boardwalk along the rail line in the Orakei Basin. Is it not time to plan the boardwalk for the sections east of the train lines where it’s not practical to build on the land between Kaiwharawhara, Ngauranga and Petone?
South of Kaiwharawhara a cycle path could be built around the western side of the Interislander terminal, then under the Aotea Quay off ramp, and through the rail yards to the Westpac Stadium concourse and onto the waterfront.
North of Ngauranga the safe bike route should also follow the seaward side of the railway tracks to around the old Beach Station at Petone, because what there is now isn’t safe.
To fund it, as I’ve said before let the developers (are there any of them left?) get their chops on the waterfront land at Ngauranga, and in the airspace over the station and build us a nice waterfront neighbourhood, pedestrianised waterfront with restaurants, hotels, and apartments above. At the moment the decrepit Ngauranga station and the poo-dumping station don’t add up to much at all, other than a lost opportunity.
Let’s see some action on the Great Harbour Way.