Auckland Transport is continuing structural assessments on Northcote wharf. Ferry services will not operate during this time and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Please note that due to low patronage, the bus replacement services between Birkenhead wharf and Northcote Point wharf will no longer be provided from 13 July 2018.
Following a routine maintenance check Auckland Transport decided to temporarily close Northcote Point wharf on 20 June 2018. A recent inspection found that some of the wooden structural pieces of the wharf have deteriorated quicker than expected and may need to be replaced. Some parts of the wharf are more than 50 years old.
Initially, bad weather hampered the ability for staff and contractors to get onto and under the wharf safely to carry out assessments. Northcote wharf is very exposed, so the swell makes it very difficult to complete testing in a safe manner. To use equipment to obtain samples, the weather has to be calm and safety for the people completing this work has been a priority. Testing also requires it to be low tide, which varies greatly week-to-week and limits the amount of time that can be spent on site.
Testing is now complete and analysis is being carried out to help decide whether the wharf can be fixed or needs to be replaced. AT hopes to be in a position to make a decision on whether the wharf can be reopened, or what remedial works need to be undertaken, in the next two weeks.
Ongoing maintenance of Northcote wharf has been routinely carried out. Over the past five years alone damaged pendants and damage to the gangway platform from berthing have been repaired, handrail and deck fixings have been replaced, two piles were jacketed, some cross braces and bearers were replaced, along with four fender piles, and the main deck has been skinned. It was this regular maintenance that alerted AT to a new issue and concerns with the wharf.
Published 22 June 2018 | Last updated 19 July 2018
Information is correct at the time of publishing and subject to change