The second stage of Auckland Transport’s (AT’s) renewal project at Matiatia will begin soon, with work to be carried out on the main wharf to ensure Waiheke’s ferry infrastructure is maintained for now and into the future.
A number of improvements are to be made at Matiatia, with the first stage of work completed at the end of last year to the old wharf in preparation for the renewal required at the main wharf.
When work begins in January 2022, the main wharf will close, and all ferry services will temporarily relocate to the old wharf while renewal work is carried out.
Temporary shelter, AT Hop machines and signage will be installed on the old wharf during the closure, and facilities in the main wharf building will remain open for use.
AT’s Ferry Services Manager, Gareth Willis, says the aim is to build the replacement structure off site so that any closure of the wharf is kept to a minimum.
“For the renewal works to safely occur, it will be necessary to close the main wharf to ferries for a short period of time while the existing items are removed, and the newly fabricated gangways and pontoons are installed,” he says
“During this time, all ferry services will operate from the old wharf and we’re working with Fullers360 to ensure the relocation happens smoothly, especially at what will be a busy time of the year.”
“We apologise that the work will be carried out over summer. It’s a complex project that has incurred a number of delays due to trying to find a workable solution that minimises disruption as much as possible. It now means the wharf now needs to be fixed as soon as possible.”
AT has appointed marine maintenance contractor, Heron Group, to complete the work required on the main wharf.
The work includes:
The main wharf is monitored on a regular basis. If engineers have any safety concerns, the main wharf will be closed and all ferry services will move to the old wharf.
Renewal work will begin in January 2022 and is expected to be completed within six to eight weeks.
For more information, about the project: https://at.govt.nz/projects-roadworks/matiatia-improvements/