There is some good news on the Dom Post. The Wellington City council wants design work to begin on the Great Harbour Way between Ngauranga and Petone to begin this coming financial year, instead of 2012/13.
From the news story:
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said the existing cycleway put people off, particularly as it stopped at Horokiwi.
“They end up facing the traffic, going the wrong way … There are some who are quite content to go on the 100kmh road, but family groups, and tourists, and people who are thinking about commuting, can be put off.”
That’s a little bit of an understatement from the Mayor. Most people really don’t want to get run over by a truck travelling 100 km/hr. I too am put off.
There is already a design document (the Boffa Miskell one) so I take it the WCC means a detailed design document.
And does anyone else like the idea that redeveloping Ngauranga station, and building in the airspace over the railway lines nearby would give Wellington another waterfront district? With the buildings’ backs to the motorway and their fronts to the cycleway and pedestrian promenade and harbour it could be quite a nice little spot. With an aerial gondola from Ngauranga to Newlands and Johnsonville it would also make the transport network have more of an interconnected network kind of thing happening, but that is a topic for an upcoming post.