The New Lynn to Avondale Shared Path (NL2A) has now been opened. This magnificent pathway seems to make the two areas become closer and more united. It is also a key part of a far wider cycling network that now links New Lynn to the CBD and the NW cycleway. It was over two years in the construction phase and cost $43m.
The opening of the shared path was on a beautiful day Saturday 4th June. Mayor Phil Goff, Minister of Transport Michael Wood, AT CEO Shane Ellison, Cr Tracy Mulholland, Whau Local Board members along with other dignitaries, the proud AT/Dempsey Wood project team, enthusiasts, and neighbours converged on New Lynn for the official ribbon cutting and inaugural ride and walk along the new path.
The new shared path is 2.9km long. Starting at the Northern end of the new path, an elevated boardwalk traverses down from Blockhouse Bay Road to just behind the Avondale Station. The new path runs along behind the Avondale Station, separate to the Station itself. Here it is quite narrow and bike riders are asked to dismount.
Between St Jude Street and Chalmers Street, a steel frame bridge sits snugly alongside the rail line enabling access through this narrow spot. A concrete path providing connection between the two streets.
At Chalmers Reserve, a timber bridge crosses a small overland flow area and provides a unique entry into the Reserve section of the shared pedestrian and cycle path. Within Chalmers Reserve, a concrete underpass provides passage under the rail line. The underpass is made up of 25 concrete segments, each weighing over 38 tonnes.
The new path travels along St Georges Road for a short section, traveling on a newly separated section of cycle lane. It then ducks in alongside the rail line and heads towards New Lynn.
Between Arran Street and Portage Road, an elevated boardwalk carries pedestrians and cyclists to a new purpose build bridge over a Whau River tributary. The new bridge has unique bow waka features visible when approaching the bridge.
The southernmost portion of the path crosses Portage Road and Veronica Street, running behind the New Lynn RSA to connect into New Lynn Rail Station.