Significant progress has been made on the proposed new Half Moon Bay ferry facility, with the manufacture of the pontoon and gangway substantially complete.
The design of the fixed wharf is also complete and the team will apply for notified resource consents soon.
The $4.3 million project is led by Auckland Transport in partnership with the Howick Local Board and the NZ Transport Agency. The structure at a new location at the end of Ara-Tai will replace the existing facility within the marina.
The Half Moon Bay ferry facility is consistent with a wider, long-term redevelopment plan for the marina area. It is aimed at making immediate progress on a modern and safe facility within the available funding.
Auckland Transport Project Director, Nick Seymour, says the new ferry facility will provide an efficient public transport option to and from east Auckland.
“We’re committed to providing a high-quality, safe and accessible ferry facility for residents of Half Moon Bay and surrounding areas.
“The ferry facility will be similar in quality to Auckland Transport’s Hobsonville ferry terminal which opened in February 2012. It will support the new public transport network once it is rolled out and will become a key transfer hub for passengers using buses and ferries with better integration of bus and ferry services.”
Consultation on the new public transport network for east Auckland is expected to start in October.
Construction of the fixed wharf is expected to start in early 2016 subject to the granting of resource consents.
Once that is complete, the pre-manufactured pontoon and gangway will be floated and secured into place. The facility is expected to be operational and open for public use around October 2016.
Features and benefits of the proposed facility
- Safer, more accessible and designed to provide a greater level of shelter against the elements for passengers on the wharf, gangway and pontoon
- The design of the wharf structure will reflect the history of the local area
- Located at the end of Ara-Tai, it will be separated from leisure boat users, which will improve sea traffic flows