In April while the country was still in lockdown, the government made a call for “shovel-ready” projects that could be funded to help restart the economy as we work our way back after the economic shock caused by the COVID-19 crisis.
Auckland Council responded to this call with a total of 73 projects city-wide, and it has now been confirmed that of the four Auckland transport projects approved, two are of direct benefit to West Auckland and the Whau: the North-West busway and the Te Whau pathway.
Whau Ward Councillor Tracy Mulholland is delighted by the announcement.
“The Te Whau pathway will create a safe walking and cycling connection from Olympic Park to Te Atatu, and it’s a project which I am very proud of”, she said.
“The North-West busway is also great news. This project will help to reduce congestion during rush hour by making public transport a better, more attractive option for commuters. With more commuters opting for public transport, the traffic reduction will help the roading networks flowing efficiently, creating a win-win for everyone.
“With construction of the two west projects set to start next year, this investment is expected to create hundreds of jobs which will keep Aucklanders working and stimulate the economy. The economic benefits and the inherent benefits of this infrastructure to the people who will use them make these very worthwhile investments”.
The Te Whau pathway which was commenced in 2015 will eventually link the Manukau Harbour to the Waitematā Harbour via a shared path designed to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists. The $35m government allocation will enable two sections of the pathway to be built; one through New Lynn from Olympic Park to Ken Maunder Park, and the other through Te Atatū South, from Laurieston Park to the North Western Cycleway.
For more info go to www.tewhaupathway.org.nz