Ngapipi Road interim facility completed
In recent weeks you may have seen our crew installing the final road and path markings, which completes our work here.
With many more people travelling through the area, the interim facility on Ngapipi Road is much needed until the boardwalk in Hobson Bay is constructed, creating an alternative route. The 4.5m wide boardwalk will have smooth surfacing and low gradients making it a faster, more comfortable, and accessible route to take to and from Tāmaki Drive.
Ngapipi Road has been a challenging location due to its topography, high traffic volumes, importance as a freight and bus route and lack of available space for new facilities. Space allows for a one-way cycle facility only, and the footpath has been widened as much as possible within the available space and other constraints. If travelling north (toward Tāmaki Drive) people on a scooter or bike can use the uni-directional cycleway. If heading south, travelling on the outside edge of the shared path (further from vehicles exits) is encouraged. Please travel safely at appropriate speeds for a shared space while using the route, be prepared to stop at driveways and bus stops and if walking keep dogs on a short lead.
Our thanks to road users, people on foot and bike, locals and businesses for your patience over the last 18 months as we progressively completed work along Ōrākei Road, the connection to Ōrākei Basin Boardwalk, and Ngapipi Road.
Native planting to start soon
Planting around the shared path near to Ōrākei Bay Village involves planting more than 3,000 natives. For safety (passive surveillance and sightlines), low growing native species have been selected to ensure views do not become obscured by vegetation. Near the roundabout on Ngapipi Road we will also remove a section of privet and plant 63 new natives.
Section 2 update
As an extension of the original contract works, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has arranged for slip repair to storm damaged areas near the entrance to Te Ara Ki Uta Ki Tai at John Rymer Place. In addition, further road marking will be applied along sections of the main path. Due to on-going wet weather conditions and the need for an extended dry period, these works may not be able to begin until Spring 2023.
Vital connections completed on Section 4
(Ōrākei Basin to Tamaki Drive)
The shared paths connecting Ōrākei Basin Boardwalk to Purewa Bridge (along Ōrākei Road), and along Ngapipi Road (from Whakatakataka Reserve past the boatsheds to Tamaki Drive) are completed.
A boardwalk – currently in the consenting process - will eventually connect these two sections. To fill the gap until the boardwalk is complete, AT has widened parts of the footpath along the rest of Ngapipi Road and is installing a temporary northbound cycle lane to cater for the increasing number of people travelling through on foot and bike, particularly the many families with children now using the route. The cycle lane is nearly complete, with further signage to be installed and completion of the cycle ramp at the northern end. Road lane widths will still allow for safe large vehicle and bus movement.
As part of the shared path project, AT took the opportunity to greatly improve mobility access to Ōrākei Train Station. AT has upgraded the mobility car parks, smoothed the surfacing, and improved the gradients on the ramp up to the overbridge which takes people across to the station. In addition, AT has also improved safety at the intersection on Ōrākei Road with the Ōrākei Train Station entrance, including traffic signals for vehicles and a safe crossing for pedestrians on this busy road.
The planting of natives around the new shared path will take place in the planting season mid-year.
Figure 1: Shared path to Ōrākei Road, and upgraded ramp to the rail overbridge.
Figure 2: Shared path on Ngapipi Road, near the boatsheds.
Completing this path - one remaining piece of the puzzle
With three sections now open – that’s over 5km of the full 7km route - hundreds of locals are enjoying the path to travel locally to school, to work and for pleasure. We know the community is eager to see the path completed to give them a continuous connection all the way to the waterfront and destinations beyond. We are in the consenting process for the remaining piece of the puzzle – the 700m long boardwalk.
A community asset, connecting with nature
We received overwhelmingly positive feedback about the design for the boardwalk, which follows the Hobson Bay coastline. Distanced from rail and traffic noise, it will provide a respite in people’s daily commute, and attract more people to opt for healthy, congestion free ways to travel. With its stunning surrounds it will also be a popular destination for Aucklanders. Learn more about the design.
Got a question about Section 4? Please email projects@AT.govt.nz.
Update on Section 2 - St Johns Road to Ōrākei Basin
As you know, Section 2 of the Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared path opened mid-last year, however, there was a short 100m section of the path between Meadowbank Train Station and Ōrākei Basin that we needed to come back and complete later as the construction for the Teal Apartment Buildings was happening in the area at the time.
If you haven’t seen it already, we’re happy to share that this section of the path has now been completed and it’s only a couple of pieces of mahi toi (Māori artwork) that are yet to be installed and blessed by our iwi partners which will be around mid-2023.
1 December 2022
Ngapipi Road interim safety improvements
AT and our contractor HEB Construction have started work on an interim shared path and uni-directional cycle lane on Ngapipi Road.
On Ngapipi Road we will:
- Widen the existing footpath to approximately 2.1m to 2.5m, depending on available space.
- Install a 1.5m wide northbound separated cycle lane. This will require narrowing of the northbound lane to 3.5m wide. This width retains safe bus and large vehicle movement.
On Purewa Bridge we will:
- Temporarily lower the posted speed limit to 30km/hr to assist with safer cycling on-road. Speeds are moderated at peak periods by congestion, but a temporary lower sign-posted speed limit will help during times when traffic is free flowing, and cars are traveling at higher speeds.
- Where: Ngapipi Road (from outside approximately 10 Ngapipi Road) to Ōrākei Road (Purewa Bridge)
- When (start date): 1 December
- Hours of work: Generally 7am to 5:30pm, with some night works
- For (duration): Approximately 4 to 5 weeks total (2 to 3 weeks prior to Christmas and 2 to 3 weeks in January)
We will use a mix of temporary traffic signs, (like stop/go signs) traffic lights, and a temporary lower speed limit. We do this to keep traffic moving and keep people who use the roads and footpaths and our crews safe. Please follow the direction of our crews, all signs and signals, and reduce your speed when driving through the area.
Overnight lane closures
Lane closures will take place overnight from 11:30pm to 5am. Traffic will be controlled by stop/go. We will do our best to keep noise to a minimum.
Full road closure (over one weekend)
The final stage of work on the Te Ara Ki Uta Ki Tai project at the Tāmaki Drive end of Ngapipi Road will see the road closed for resealing over one weekend. The road closure:
- will be from 11:30pm 16 December to 5am 19 December (continuous closure)
- is isolated to the section of road outside the boatsheds
- Will not impact walking and cycling access to and from Tāmaki Drive.
Section 4 is progressing at pace
Delivery of Section 4 (Ōrākei Basin Boardwalk to Tāmaki Drive) of the Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive shared path has been spilt into separate work packages so we can deliver the path following Ōrākei Road and Ngapipi Road sooner. These two sections of path will connect to either end of the 700m long boardwalk around the Hobson Bay coastline, which, once consent is obtained, will take around 18 months to construct.
A bird's eye view of your future walking and cycling boardwalk
If you haven’t already, please take a moment to watch our video to get a glimpse of what it will be like to travel along the boardwalk and see this beautiful coastline up-close. Skip to 0.50 seconds to see the artists impression of the boardwalk.
Distanced from rail and traffic noise this boardwalk will be a wonderful respite in people’s daily commute, attract more people to opt for healthy, congestion free ways to travel and be a popular destination for Aucklanders.
Image: A section of the completed path on Ōrākei Road.
Ōrākei Road work update
You will have seen our crews working under the rail bridge and next to the driveway with Ōrākei Bay Village. Along with constructing the shared path here, we are also improving mobility access to the Orakei Rail Station with two new car parks and upgraded ramp access.
We are now widening the existing footpath to a shared path, from the top of the driveway at 236 Ōrākei Road all the way up to Purewa Bridge. It’s from this point that the bridge and boardwalk (to be constructed) will take people all the way around the Hobson Bay coastline, connecting to the shared path on Ngapipi Road via Whakatakataka Reserve.
Temporary traffic management is in place and traffic is slowed where it passes worksites, but no traffic lanes are closed.
Pedestrian crossings coming to Ōrākei Road
Signalised pedestrian crossings at the intersection with Ōrākei Road and the Ōrākei Train Station are going in as part of this project. This area is increasingly busy with people visiting recreationally, travelling from other sections of the path and visiting to shop, eat and for entertainment. New traffic lights and dedicated turning bays will make traffic movements safer and give people a much-needed dedicated crossing point for path users, and for locals to reach shopping and entertainment.
We received lots of positive feedback when we consulted on the design for this last year, with many people telling us they felt there was no safe place to cross this busy road, and it was especially challenging with children in tow.
We will monitor traffic flow after the lights become operational, including at the nearby roundabout.
Image: Path works underway on Ngapipi Road
Ngapipi Road work update
Our work on Ngapipi Road (between Whakatakataka Reserve and Tāmaki Drive) will be completed by the end of the year. Thank you to the community, boatshed owners, commuters, walkers and cyclists for your continued patience and cooperation while we work.
Road closure over one weekend
The final stage of work will see the northern end of Ngapipi Road realigned and closed for resealing over one weekend. We will provide an update closer to the time to confirm which weekend this will occur and advise of detours.
30 km/hr speed limit
Please follow the temporary speed limit of 30 kph past our worksites - It’s important for the safety of our team and people walking and cycling.
Ngapipi Road – interim safety improvements
With three sections of the Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive shared path now open, there are lots of people using the shared path for recreation, commuting and to reach the waterfront. To give people a convenient and safe connection between Ōrākei Boardwalk and Tāmaki Drive before Section 4 fully opens, we are completing the path following the road (Ōrākei Basin to Purewa Bridge, and from Whakatakataka Reserve to Tāmaki Drive) by the end of the year. We are also investigating interim improvements for people on bikes between these soon to be completed sections. We will come back with an update to let you know what’s planned.
Image: Section 2 of the path lit up at night.
Section 2 update
It has been almost four months since Section 2 between St Johns Road and Ōrākei Basin opened and we’re stoked to see the number of people out enjoying their new local route on foot and bikes.
As the path is becoming more popular, we want to make sure everyone enjoys the experience. A friendly reminder to please share with care and remember to:
- Keep left
- Slow down
- Warn people with your bell or a greeting when you approach
- If you stop for a chat, move off the path or to the side to let others pass
- Keep your dog under control and clean up after furry friends.
While the path is open, we still have some finishing touches to complete including repairs to several landscape slips caused by the heavy rain we experienced in August.
Wayfinding and cultural artworks are planned to be installed and construction of the final 100m of path between Meadowbank Train Station and Ōrākei Basin will also be completed in the coming months.
We’ll keep you updated with the construction timeline once we have it confirmed.
Section 2 is now open!
Locals and keen riders from further afield came in numbers this week to be the first to experience the completed Section 2 of the Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path.
This section closes the gap between two already open sections of pathway, giving people on foot and wheels an uninterrupted 5km of the full 7km, with just the final section to be constructed between Ōrākei Basin and Tāmaki Drive.
When using this path, you can now get a true sense of what the finished path, aptly named ‘Te Ara Ki Uta Ki Tai’ (the path of land and sea) will deliver including stunning views through Pourewa Valley, over the Eastern rail line and through Tahapa Reserve.
Grab your wheels and come and check it out for yourself with whanau and friends.
Take a virtual tour
You can see the stunning scenes you’ll encounter when exploring your newest local route on foot or wheels.
Click the link to watch the video. Once you're there - drag your curser around to get a full 360 degree view.
Work is getting underway on Ngapipi Road and Ōrākei Road
Work will shortly be getting underway to construct part of Section 4 of the Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path (Te Ara Ki Uta Ki Tai).
Section 4 runs from Ōrākei Basin Boardwalk to Tāmaki Drive and has been split into three work packages so we can deliver the sections following the road sooner. This will provide a convenient, safe connection to Tāmaki Drive before Section 4 is fully open.
Where we are working and what we will be doing
From June to late 2022 you will see our crews at work constructing the path between:
- Ngapipi Road, from outside the historic boatsheds to Whakatakataka Reserve and;
- Ōrākei Road, between 236 Ōrākei Road (Ōrākei Bay Village) and Purewa Bridge.
What to expect
- There will be extra heavy vehicles/machinery in the area and construction noise.
- Temporary traffic management will be in place and traffic will be slowed to ensure that pedestrians, cyclists and motorists can travel safely through the construction sites.
- A temporary footpath on the northern side of Ngapipi Road will be established for people travelling to and from Tāmaki Drive. We will install a temporary pedestrian crossing for people to cross the road to the footpath.
- The path next to the rail lines and to the pedestrian bridge to Ōrākei Train Station will be closed for periods, with detours around the worksites and to the train station in place.
- There will be no mobility access to Ōrākei Station while we construct the new mobility parks, the shared path by the driveway and make improvements to the access ramp to the station footbridge. Two additional, interim mobility car parks will be established at Meadowbank Train Station to provide alternative parking during this time.
- Part of the car parking area at the Ōrākei Train Station will be temporarily occupied as a laydown area during construction. Signage and service announcements will let people using the park and ride know they may wish to consider alternative modes of travel to the station during this time.
- We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you. Our aim is to complete this work as quickly and limit disruption as much as possible.
Questions or concerns?
Please contact our call centre on 09 335 3553 or email the project team via firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the construction work.
Section 2 of the Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path is almost complete. You're invited to be among the first to experience the stunning views on this 2.65 km path.
Join Waka Kotahi and AT on Wednesday 25 May at 9am to see the path on foot or wheels, enjoy some entertainment, chat to the team and pick up a coffee on us.
We can’t wait to see you there.
Date: Wednesday 25 May
Time: 9:00am to 10:30am
Location: Enter the path from any of these entry points:
- Purewa Road entrance
- Mamaku Street entrance
- Tahapa Reserve West entrance
- 43 Tahapa Crescent entrance
- 23/25 Tahapa Crescent entrance
- Harapaki Road entrance
- John Rymer Place entrance
- St Johns Road entrance
There will be a coffee cart located in Tahapa Reserve East, so you can stop and enjoy a hot beverage and some entertainment in the park.
Maintenance work is underway on the Orakei Basin Boardwalk (Section 3) to replace the GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) panels. The work will be staggered over a 8-9 months period to ensure the boardwalk always remains accessible. The work crew will be on site for 2-3 days at a time each month where several panels will be replaced and those which are removed will be taken off site to be refurbished and brought back for replacement the following month.
Disruption will be minimal, and we are mindful that the community have already experienced an extended period of work when the boardwalk was widened and upgraded.
Our team has started work on the section of path running from Ōrākei Basin Boardwalk to Purewa Bridge (including along Ōrākei Road).
- Widening existing footpaths to a 4.0 metre wide shared path
- Constructing a new path beside the driveway at 236 Ōrākei Road
- Improving the mobility parking (for Orakei Train Station)
- Installing new traffic lights, pedestrian crossings and turning bays at the intersection of ŌrākeiRoad and the entry to Ōrākei Train Station
- Clearing vegetation (this will be replaced with representative native species)
The construction period is until October 2022; however, work will be staggered during this time and you will see our crews working in different areas at different times.
The first phase of work is from January to July in the area next to the rail lines and Ōrākei Basin Boardwalk and along the shared driveway at 236 Ōrākei Road.
- Works will occur Monday to Saturday, between 7am and 6.30pm
- There will be extra heavy vehicles/machinery in the area and construction noise.
- Temporary traffic management will be in place. Traffic will be slowed where it passes our worksites, but no traffic lanes will be closed.
- The driveway at 236 Ōrākei Road ( Orakei Bay Village, Kings Plant Barn and other shops and restaurants will remain accessible at all times.
- The pathway adjacent to the rail lines, where it connects to the Ōrākei Basin Boardwalk, will be closed for a period of approximately 15 weeks. Detours for people on foot and bike will be in place during this time. The Ōrākei Basin Boardwalk will remain open at all times.
- There will be no parking at the top of the driveway at 236 Ōrākei Road.
We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause you.
Section 2: Progress video
See what we’ve been up to on section 2 of the Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path between St Johns Road and the Ōrākei Basin over the last six months.
In this update you can see the path really starting to take shape, including the bridge that spans across the eastern rail line and the boardwalks through Pourewa Valley and Tahapa Reserve, which are now largely completed.
The project is progressing well, and we are on track to completion by mid-2022.
Since recommencing construction at Alert Level 3, our project team has been busy making progress on some of the key structures along Section 2, getting stuck into landscaping work and putting finishing touches like lighting, handrails and more on areas across the site.
The team has been adhering to strict COVID-19 health and safety regulations including the use of PPE and hygiene protocols, contact tracing, physical distancing, waste disposal and cleaning equipment.
You may also remember we recently finished consultation on the path design for Section 4 between Ōrākei Basin and Tāmaki Drive. We received a lot of really valuable feedback and the full consultation summary report is due to be released in the next few weeks.
Section 2 - What have we been up to?
Whilst COVID-19 grips the country and the Auckland region has been in some form of lockdown since August, the project team was able to recommence work at Alert Level 3. Implementing strict Health and Safety measures to work within the new parameters, the team has made good progress.
Great progress is being made on all the boardwalks across the site. The largest boardwalk through Pourewa Valley is 90% complete, and the two smaller ones at Tahapa Reserve East and West are almost completed.
The concrete shared path is largely complete near the Meadowbank Train Station and remediation (returning the environment to its original condition) is well under way. The rail overbridge structure is now complete, with the electrification protection screens installed and the bridge abutments (which ease the shift from the bridge surface to the path) and approaches finished, the team are now tidying up the work area.
The gully bridge deck has been completed and the team is putting the finishing touches on the abutments and approaches to the structure.
We’re making good progress with planting and landscaping site wide and with the bridge and boardwalk structures nearing completion, you can see the path really starting to take shape. As the end of this year’s planting season is upon is, we will be planting specimen trees (our character trees) and the remainder of the plants around mid-2022.
The John Rymer Place connection works have started with the vegetation clearance and environmental controls in place. Work on the retaining wall is underway along with the earthworks for the path.
We recently created a flyover video showing progress on Section 2 of the shared path and you can see it over on our YouTube Channel by clicking the link below.
MSE retaining wall under construction at John Rymer Place Connection
What's coming up?
Summer is almost upon us, time to make the most of the longer, sunnier days. Although it may sound like we are almost finished, there is still work to be done.
Rail and gully bridge
Whilst the rail and gully bridge structures themselves are complete, the balustrades/ handrails and handrail lighting still need to be installed.
With all the main boardwalk structures near complete, the only work left to do is to install the handrail lighting. This work is beginning very soon.
The section of the path from the gully bridge to Kohimarama Road will be our main focus for the coming months. We will also be relocating our main site compound from near the Meadowbank Pony Club to St Johns road next to Sunhill Garden Centre so we can complete the remaining work on the path in that area.
John Rhymer Place connection
The team will be busy in this area over the summer. In the next couple of months the boardwalk will be constructed, along with drainage and the concrete shared path.
Boardwalk at Tahapa Reserve East
There are three 4.8m wide timber boardwalks along the project route. The largest boardwalk is on the northern side of the railway tracks which takes pedestrians and cyclists through the Pourewa Valley. This boardwalk is 660m long with timber handrails on both sides to protect people while they are enjoying the view.
The second and third boardwalks are in Tahapa Reserve East and West; one short 20m boardwalk connecting the Tahapa Reserve West playground area to the path (one of the Auckland Council connections), while the boardwalk in Tahapa Reserve East extends for just under 100m over a steep section of ground in the reserve.
Within the shared path connection from John Rymer Place, there is also a 30m long, 4.8m wider boardwalk which spans over the Pourewa Stream. This boardwalk follows the same design features as the Pourewa Valley boardwalk so it will have a consistent look and feel.
The decking used for the boardwalks will be similar to what you would’ve seen on Section 3 of the project, the Ōrākei Basin boardwalk. The only difference is that they are an open grated surface, rather than a solid surface.
The open grate provides slip resistance and durability, particularly important in an area with surrounding bush and given the high volume of people on bikes anticipated to use the path. Lighting will be installed under the top rail along the boardwalk to provide better visibility when it’s dark.
The balustrade will be 1.2m high along most of the length of boardwalk but will rise to 1.4m on bends and inclines where there is a vaulting risk to people on bikes. This includes both boardwalks in Tahapa Reserve East which are on curved sections of the route.
Boardwalk fun facts:
- 800m, or 3,900m2 of boardwalk surface across this section of the project
- 14.5km of timber used
- 1,300 decking panels
- 1,625 steel handrail posts
- 15,600 timber battens (skinny ones under the handrails)
- 240,000 nails
- 76,500 stainless steel screws
- 9,800 stainless steel bolts
COVID-19 update: Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Section Two project operation under Alert Level 3
Following the Government’s announcement that the Auckland Region would move to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 as of midnight, work on section 2 of the GI2TD shared path will recommence in accordance with strict health and safety protocols tomorrow, Wednesday 22 September.
Waka Kotahi and our contractors have been working closely to implement a range of measures including restricted access to the construction site, requirements for workers to maintain physical distancing, and the use of additional protective clothing.
Our work sites will comply with mandatory requirements under Level 3 which include:
- safety briefings
- use of PPE to follow hygiene protocols
- entering and leaving the workspace (contact tracing and record-keeping)
- physical distancing
- waste disposal, equipment use and cleaning.
For your protection and ours, we ask you to please respect physical distancing and do not approach our teams or enter our work sites.
If you have queries or concerns about the GI2TD Project, please contact us at email@example.com
We will update you further in response to any changes in the current COVID-19 Alert Level.
Join us for a community planting day on Saturday 28 August!
We invite you, our project neighbours and enthusiasts, to come down to the project site and help us plant over 1000 plants/shrubs. We will be planting at Tahapa Reserve West (access opposite Koa Street, Meadowbank), so bring a spade and your family and join us for a fun community and project gathering!
When: Saturday 28 August 9 am – 1 pm
Where: Tahapa Reserve West, Tahapa Crescent, Meadowbank 1072
What to bring: weather protection, some sturdy covered shoes, a bottle of water and your own spade and gloves if you have them!
Please note: The event will proceed with rain, hail or shine!
There will be a coffee cart and food on-site to keep you fuelled during the event.
What have we been up to on Section 2?
We’re over a year into our two-year construction of this section of the shared path and work is progressing well.
The concrete shared path works are largely complete in Meadowbank and the team is starting to install lighting and are preparing the site for landscaping. Now the site compound at Tahapa Reserve East has been disestablished the team will prepare this area to connect the concrete path to the rail bridge and boardwalk.
The rail bridge team installing the rail electrification protection screens
A lot of the focus over the last few months has been on the boardwalks and completing the rail and gully bridges. The 700m Pourewa Valley boardwalk is well over halfway to completion, and the team has started on the two boardwalks located in Tahapa Reserve East and West.
We have also made good progress with the two bridges. The gully bridge beams have been placed and it’s now ready for the deck to be concreted. The rail bridge team have been making use of the recent weekends with no trains running to install the rail electrification protection screens – these are to stop anything falling from above and touching the electrified wires.
Boardwalk at Tahapa Reserve East underway.
What's coming up?
Even though we are in the thick of the winter months, we have lots planned for the next few months to make sure we get the path open as soon as possible.
Gully and rail bridges
The rail bridge superstructure is largely completed, and ready for the final handrail installation to commence in mid-September. The gully bridge is ready for the concrete deck surface to be poured soon and the handrails will be installed in October.
There are three separate boardwalks along the route, the large one through Pourewa Valley and two smaller sections in Tahapa Reserve East and West. Pourewa Valley boardwalk will be completed with deck and handrails before Christmas. Work on the two smaller boardwalks will continue over the next few months and is expected to be completed in October.
Landscaping and planting
Landscaping continues across the project, making the most of the planting season. We continue along the St Johns section of the path next to Meadowbank Pony Club and are moving down toward the lower sections of the Pourewa Valley. We will also continue planting around Tahapa Reserve East and will have the section between Tahapa Reserve West and Meadowbank Station largely complete. We hope to have this complete with the help of the community, at our community planting day on Saturday 28 August.
First look at Stage 2 of the Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path
Over the last five months of 2020, we've worked really hard to get Section 2 of the Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path ready for main construction this year.
Watch the side-by-side video below:
We’ve been busy over the last few months establishing the two site compounds at Tahapa Reserve East and near the Meadowbank Pony Club. We’ve also made great progress making the most of Kiwirail’s Block of Lines (BoL) to work alongside the railway over the Christmas/New Year period.
At the rail bridge site, near Tahapa Reserve East, the focus was to carry out some ‘big lifts’ for the construction of the main bridge, establish the construction platforms and accessways on the northern side of the railway tracks. This included setting up a temporary pedestrian footbridge for our workers, allowing the construction team to get back and forth over the tracks during normal train operations.
We also took the opportunity during the BoL to install a boundary fence between the valley and railway, that otherwise would have been scheduled for weekends or nights during the year.
Connecting to Section 1
During January and most of February, the team has been upgrading the St Johns Road/St Heliers Bay Road/Kohimarama Road intersection, making it safer and easier for people to connect between Sections 1 and 2.
We carried out most of the work during the school holidays when there was less traffic. The most disruptive work is now finished and thank you for your understanding and patience.
Connecting to Section 3
Where the pathway neighbours the Meadowbank Train Station and Purewa Road/Ōrākei Basin we made use of the BoL to get the area ready around Meadowbank Station for building the path by setting up a safe and clear workspace.
Further along at the connection to the Ōrākei Basin Boardwalk, we worked with a local developer who was taking a break over this time, and we were able to complete a section of the new shared path. This included installing ducting for lighting, construction of the concrete shared path, future seating areas with anti-graffiti coating, and a new accessway to a Watercare pump station.
The progress made over Christmas/New Year has set the team up well for 2021. We will continue to maximise the opportunities KiwiRail's Block of Lines give us, of which there will be several between now and Queens Birthday weekend.
Gully and rail bridges
Both the rail and gully bridges will start to take shape over the next few months, with the first beams being installed on the rail bridge during February through to May. We will also start to install the precast edge panels. The gully bridge is under construction now, and we will be piling and installing the main bridge footings, ready for the pouring of the concrete deck in late May.
Pourewa Valley boardwalk
The Pourewa Valley boardwalk (650 metres long) will be one of the longest and most complicated sections for us to build as it is hard for us to work in this part of the valley. We have finished the the access tracks and enabling works so we can start piling in early March. Once the piling is finished, we can start on the framing for the boardwalk. The framing will be built at our main site compound before being brought down to the boardwalk.
Tahapa Reserve East and West
With works happening on the rail bridge, we have also started works at both Tahapa Reserve East and West. We hope to finish the concrete path connecting both reserves in April. We are also remediating a historical slip at Tahapa Reserve East and once this is complete, we will start on the boardwalks.
Meadowbank Pony Club
Most of the enabling works have been completed in this section of the project (St Johns Road to the site compound, adjacent to the gully bridge), and this is now used as a key access road for the project. There will be a number of small vehicles coming and going, and trucks delivering materials over the next few months.
Balustrade prototypes (left: Pourewa Valley boardwalk, right: Rail bridge balustrade).
There was a lot of interest in the balustrades on Section 3 of the path across the boardwalk so we know that people who live in the area or spend time in the area value the look and feel of the ‘finished product’. We had a sample made for what the balustrade on this section of the path will look like which you can see below.
The balustrades will be 1.2 metres high, except on bridges and a short section of boardwalk in Tahapa Reserve East where they will be 1.4 metres high. The increase in height for bridges is due to the safety risk from cyclists potentially vaulting on bends and downhill sections. There are also safety standards we must adhere to for crossing electrified rail lines.
Removing pest plants
Planting and restoration are an important part of the project. Did you know that over 1,500 large privet trees alone have been removed in the Pourewa Valley, and will be replaced with native plantings.
We will be planting over five hectares with native shrubs and 368 specimen trees. Specimen trees include, but are not limited to Tōtara, Tītoki, Nīkau, Kohehe, Kānuka and Pōhutakawa. We will also be increasing the canopy cover in Pourewa Valley and Tahapa Reserve East. Tahapa Reserve East will be one of the first areas we start landscaping and planting works once the summer heat has cooled.
Section 2 - St Johns Road intersection upgrade
As part of Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path – Section 2 construction work, we are upgrading the St Johns Road, St Heliers Bay Road and Kohimarama Road intersection. This will make it safer and easier for people to connect between Sections 1 and 2. The work is being carried out in four stages, from 6 January through to February 2021. Stage one and stage two – work on the traffic islands and crossings is being done over the school holidays when traffic volumes are lower and there are no school children using the roads.
Our work hours are Monday to Saturday, 7am to 7pm with the exception of road marking which will be carried out at night time to minimise disruption to traffic flow.
Works being undertaken during this time
Stage one (highlighted in green in the map)
- Commences on 6 January until late January for two-three weeks, weather dependent.
- We will be constructing a new raised speed table and traffic island, realigning the kerb, installing new streetlights, and upgrading the traffic signals.
- All traffic movements will be maintained including safe alternative access for cyclists and pedestrians, however, the left turn slip lane from St Heliers Bay Road to St Johns Road will be temporarily closed.
Stage two (highlighted in blue in the map)
- Commences after stage one in late January for one week, weather dependent.
- Work is similar to Stage 1 which includes the construction of a new raised speed table, new alignment of the traffic island, new streetlights, and an upgrade of the traffic signals.
- Again, all traffic, pedestrian and cyclist movements will remain however, the left turning slip lane into St Heliers Bay Road from Kohimarama Road be temporarily closed.
Stage three (highlighted in purple in the map)
- Work will be carried out early to mid-February.
- The works involve footpath widening near the Meadowbank Pony Club.
- The final stage, includes general pavement reinstatement and footpath work which will have little impact on our neighbours.
For Stage 1, 2 and 3 works the type of machinery are five tonne excavators, rock breaker, roller, plate compactor and a concrete cutter. Some of this work would be noisy, for example the concrete breaking and cutting, however it would be intermittent. Whilst construction work will be disruptive, AT do what we can to minimise this, and thank you for your patience whilst we make this intersection safer.
If you have any urgent concerns during works, please contact:
- Jocelyn Orlando-Reep - Communications & Engagement Manager - 027 702 3625.
- Blane Smith - Site Manager - 027 273 8122.
Section 2 - Christmas 2020 works
Over the Christmas break our team will be working hard to make the most of the quietest time of year. We will be in the following locations Tahapa Reserve East, Meadowbank Station and Purewa Road by Ōrākei Basin.
Tahapa Reserve East
At Tahapa Reserve East we will be making the most of KiwiRail’s Block of Line (BoL) to work within the rail corridor. Works will be from Sunday 26 December to Sunday 10 January between 7am and 5pm. Work includes creating access tracks, piling and crane platforms on the northern side of the rail line, installing a temporary pedestrian crossing (for site staff only), installing permanent fencing, and placing the first crosshead for the main bridge structure. There will be a lot of heavy machinery in the reserve and we will be using a crane, excavators, compactors/rollers, elevated work platforms and a six-wheel truck for our works.
At Meadowbank Train Station we will again be taking advantage of the BoL to work in the rail corridor between 26 December and 10 January from 7am to 5pm. We will be working along the cliff to the east of the station to remove vegetation and excavate loose rock at the base and face of the rock batter. We will also install temporary safety fencing to keep both the public and our staff safe. To complete the work we will be using excavators, compactors/rollers and six-wheel trucks.
Purewa Road by Ōrākei Basin
From 26 December to 10 January, with a short break between 1 to 4 January we are working along Purewa Road in Meadowbank to make it safer for walkers and cyclists to access the Ōrākei Basin Boardwalk. Works will be from 7am to 6pm. Work includes constructing a new concrete path between the end of Purewa Road and the Ōrākei Basin boardwalk – Section 3. We will also be installing new service ducts for lighting and CCTV using excavators, compactors, rollers, six-wheel trucks, and there will be concrete trucks intermittently.
Access will be maintained for pedestrians and cyclists, however, the bottom section of Purewa Road will remain closed to vehicles over this time.
Section 2 - What the team have been up to
Physical works have been underway for nearly four months, and good progress has been made, despite the COVID-19 lockdown and some very wet and windy weather. Since starting in August most of the vegetation clearance along the route is now complete and the site compounds and access tracks are being created before the main civil works take place.
Where the route neighbours the Meadowbank Pony Club we have been keeping busy. So far, the team has created a new, separate driveway to the Club so users and horses are kept safe from our works. Once this was complete, they were able to establish the temporary access road to get machinery, materials and workers on site. The access road is made of asphalt which will be better for the environment with less dust and will be quieter for our neighbours.
During Labour Weekend, the team was able to take advantage of KiwiRail’s Block of Line (BoL). A BoL is when KiwiRail and other construction crews are able to safely work in the rail corridor as passenger trains are not running. Over the long weekend the team began works on the preparation of the landing sites for the over-rail bridge by Tahapa Reserve East. This also included a temporary crossing to allow us to take machinery and materials onto the northern side of the railway. It’s also meant the team has been able to start piling for the bridge on the southern side of the tracks at the reserve.
Section 2 enabling works got underway in August with the construction partner, CLL Service and Solutions Ltd, starting with vegetation removal along the route. The full construction is for two years with an expected completion date of mid-2022.
We know many people are interested in the construction of the path including the timeline and how we will construct the different aspects of the path.
To learn more about the timeline, construction methodology and design aspects, you can read the construction info-pack (PDF 3.8MB) or read the details about the construction to find answers to your questions (PDF 458KB). If you cant find the information you are after, please get in touch with the team at Waka Kotahi NZTA at: Gi2T@nzta.govt.nz
What construction during COVID-19 Alert Level 3 is like
Waka Kotahi and CLL Service and Solutions are continuing enabling works Section 2 of Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path.
Waka Kotahi has worked closely with its contractors and with Construction Health and Safety NZ (CHASNZ) to plan for work to continue under Level 3. The projects construction team has responded rapidly to the announcement and immediately put in place a project safety plan for Level 3.
Work at Level 3 will be different from our usual way of working. A range of measures are being put in place, including restricted access to the site, requirements for workers to maintain physical distancing, and the use of additional protective clothing.
The work site will comply with mandatory requirements under Level 3 which include:
- daily briefing focused on COVID-19 hygiene awareness and safety measures;
- use of PPE to follow COVID-19 hygiene protocols;
- entering and leaving the workspace (contact tracing and record keeping);
- social distancing;
- waste disposal, equipment use and cleaning.
All office staff and those who are not physically required to be on site will work from home until further notice.
Please be assured that we are focused on ensuring the health and safety of our staff and the public during this time. We request that physical distancing requirements be respected. If you have any queries please contact the team via the project free phone 0800 822 422 or email at GI2T@nzta.govt.nz
Sod turned for Section 2 of the Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path
This morning Minister Phil Twyford and Associate Minster Julie Anne Genter, along with Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, marked the start of construction for Section 2 of the Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path by turning the first sod.
This is an important milestone and we are delighted that work is getting underway. At just under 3km in length, Section 2, which runs from St Johns Road to Ōrākei Basin, is the longest of the path’s four sections and is expected to be completed by mid-2022.
Photo: Robyn Elston - Senior Manager System Design Waka Kotahi, Clay Hawke - Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Associate Minister Julie Anne Genter, Mayor Phil Goff, Minister Phil Twyford, Councillor Desley Simpson.
The shared path will connect with and expand the Auckland Cycle Network, aligning with the long-term vision of Waka Kotahi, AT and Auckland Council to build world class infrastructure that promotes walking and cycling as safe and convenient transport choices.
Enabling work is scheduled to start in mid-August and will include preparing sites for construction, vegetation removal, and the formation of haul roads and site compounds. Vegetation removal, as part of our enabling works, is being timed to cause minimal disruption to our local fauna so will take place outside of bird breeding season.
Planting and restoration are an important part of the project. We have worked closely Auckland Council and mana whenua to develop our planting plans, and our pest plant and weed eradication will support the restoration efforts of local community groups and the Ōrākei Local Board.
Opportunity to find out more about the construction phase
We are working with our construction partner (CLL Service & Solutions Ltd) on pre-construction planning and will be able to share more information in the next few weeks.
In the meantime, to give people a good idea of how the shared path will look and where it will be positioned we have made the construction drawings and landscaping plans available online.
We will be organising an open day for people to come along to meet the team and find out about the construction programme. In the meantime, we will continue to provide information on this webpage and via posted letter to those in the vicinity of the construction areas as well.
May COVID-19 update
Your questions answered about the design for Section 2 (St Johns Road to Ōrākei Basin)
The design for Section 2 has been finalised following feedback received in our 2018 consultation, lessons-learnt on Sections 1 and 3 and through the consenting process with Council. We learnt on Section 3 (Ōrākei Basin Boardwalk) that the community prefers a balustrade design that provides the best possible view of the surrounding area, and on Section 1 that closely spaced landings can give a bumpy ride for people on bikes.
In previous updates, we asked if there was anything people would like to know more about on Section 2. Many people were interested in aspects such as the positioning of the path and connections to it, as well as the landings (flat sections of the path) and other design aspects. We have included this information, and details about other design aspects below . This should give people good idea of how the shared path will look and where it will be positioned.
Learning more about construction
We expect to appoint a construction partner for Section 2 by the end of this month and will know more about the construction timeline (including any COVID-19 related impacts), construction methodology and staging once a construction partner is on board.
We had hoped to hold open days so you can meet the team in person and learn more about construction, but this will be dependent on the COVID-19 status, and will be held when safe to do so. In the meantime, we will continue to provide as much information as we can digitally.
Links to Glen Innes cycleways project
We have other good news about a complementary project, connecting the dots and expanding our cycling network. Work is set to get underway later this year on four new protected cycleways in the Glen Innes area. These cycleways will connect people to the Glen Innes train station, local destinations as well as the Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path, giving people more options for getting around locally and reaching the city and waterfront.
April COVID-19 update
With the move to Alert Level 4, the project team are now based from their homes and work continues. While any work on location must pause, Auckland Transport and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency are committed to ensuring that there is no interruption to planning work as infrastructure will play a critical role in the economic recovery of New Zealand.
On Section 2, the tender process closed on 12 March and tenders are now being evaluated. We expect to appoint a construction partner by the end of April/ early May and start work mid-year. However, physical construction will only commence when the Government reduces the COVID-19 Alert level and advices us that it is safe to proceed.
Our Resource Consent application for Section 4 has been lodged with Auckland Council and work on the design continues.
It is our priority to progress with planning and design despite existing circumstances, and whilst we acknowledge that there will be some factors outside of our control, we will do what we can to proceed with construction as soon as it is safe for us to do so.
More about what Section 2 (St Johns Road to Orakei Basin)
In our last newsletter, we asked if there is anything specific you would like to know or questions you have about the design or construction of Section 2. The key areas of interest were:
- more detail on the positioning of the path and where people will be able to join it
- the design of the landings and how comfortable these will be for people on bikes
- construction staging and whether we would be able to open sections of the path progressively.
We will know more about construction once we have a construction partner on board but will be sharing information about the design, as well as responding to the questions you have raised, in our next update.
Construction funding is approved
We are pleased to announce Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport Boards have approved funding to complete the remaining sections of the Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path.
The shared path will connect with Auckland’s expanding cycle network and will become one of the city’s most scenic bike routes, not only popular with commuters but also providing local connections to shops and public transport.
Tāmaki Drive Cycle Route construction has started
Work has started on what will be an important connection into the city centre from the Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path. The upgrade to Tāmaki Drive (between Ngapipi Road and The Strand intersections) will deliver a two-way separated cycleway and improved pedestrian facilities. The project also improves flood protection by lifting the road.
The Tāmaki Drive Cycle Route will connect to the Quay Street cycleway enabling people to travel on separated cycling facilities all the way into the city centre. More people will use a bike when cycle paths are connected, so we are delighted to hear this great project is getting underway.
Image: Artist's impression of the Tāmaki Drive Cycle Route project.
Construction of Section 2 will not start later this year as originally anticipated. The delivery of Sections 2 and 4 are subject to funding approval by the funding partners for this project (AT and NZTA).
We anticipate that both the Auckland Transport (AT) and NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) boards will have made a decision before the end of the first quarter of 2020.
We will then advise all partners, stakeholders and the community of the decision. In the meantime, we are still working on the final design aspects, consenting and other statutory approvals for Section 2 of the path so that if funding is secured, construction can commence as soon as possible.
In parallel we are progressing Section 4 of the path, to get this section ready to apply for Resource Consents and get construction ready. If funding is approved, it is expected that construction of Section 2 will progress in the first half of 2020 subject to finalisation of statutory approvals and procurement.
The initial time frame for the four sections of the Glen Innes to Tamaki Shared Path project was 2015-2018. As work on the project has progressed there have been significantly more design and construction challenges, and therefore higher costs, than anticipated when the project was initially scoped in 2015.
We appreciate that the community is eager to see the path completed. The NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport are working closely together to progress the remaining sections of the path.
Orakei Basin Boardwalk is now finished
The NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport are delighted that work to widen and improve the Orakei Basin Boardwalk is now finished. The upgrade of the boardwalk forms Section 3 of the Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path.
Transport Agency Director of Regional Relationships, Steve Mutton says that while the upgrade has taken longer than originally planned, the final result is a great one for the community and other users of the path.
“The path is now much wider and has lighting to make it safer at night as well as a surface that is great for walking and cycling."
The widening of the basin section began in 2017 and took longer than expected as the Transport Agency revisited the design for the balustrade in 2018 following community feedback on the initial design. The final result, which is a 1.2 metre balustrade in wood and metal with lighting under the handrail, provides a safe solution for people on bikes while being ‘see through’ and low enough for those using the path to enjoy the views.
Auckland Transport’s Portfolio Delivery Director – Strategic Programmes, Mieszko Iwaskow, says it is exciting to see the path being built as the demand for high quality walking and cycling connections around the city continues to grow.
“Cycling has increased by 8.9 per cent in the past year, compared to the previous 12 months. More and more people are choosing to ride bikes in Auckland. More safe and attractive infrastructure will give more people more transport choice.
“We are very pleased that this section of the shared path is now ready for more Aucklanders to enjoy.”
Starting at the intersection of St Johns Road and St Heliers Bay Road, Section 2 travels through Pourewa Valley, past Meadowbank Train Station to Ōrākei Basin. Read more about Section 2.
Upcoming changes to Section 2
- There will be changes to the intersection at St Johns Road and St Heliers Bay Road to make it safer to travel between Sections 1 and 2.
- The landings will be longer and more widely spaced than Section 1 to make the journey more pleasant.
- The shared path will cross the KiwiRail and Watercare access roads located at the basin end of the path. This means that we will install a bollard to prevent unauthorised vehicles accessing the path, use markings and surface treatments to indicate the shared path and install signs to alert path users and maintenance people of each other’s presence. We are working through what the signage will look like but it is likely that it will include some sort of illumination when it is activated by vehicles crossing.
- The path will be made of a mix of concrete bridges and boardwalks and a mix of post and wire fences, no fence or balustrades with handrails. Next to the rail corridor there will be some fencing to keep people off the train line.
- The team is still working through the designs for the balustrades and we will make these public once they are finalised.
Section 3 of the path connects Section 2 to Section 4 and involves widening the Ōrākei Basin boardwalk to four and a half metres. Read more about Section 3.
- The original wood balustrade can’t be relocated as too many of the planks were rotting. The wood is being re-purposed.
- The new partially installed balustrade will be used on another project where it fits in better with the surrounding environment.
What is happening to the old balustrades
The original wood balustrade can’t be relocated as too many of the planks were rotting. The wood is being re-purposed. The new partially installed balustrade will be used on another project where it fits in better with the surrounding environment.
The timber decking
The Transport Agency and AT are glad that we can donate the wood for re-use in the community, including to Men’s Shed who will use it in community projects.
Image: Claudio from the project team and Men’s Shed team members – Paul, Bob and John.
Image: Section 3 viewed from the Meadowbank end.
Image: Section 3 new decking.
The route for Section 4 starts at Ōrākei Basin, near the Ōrākei Basin Village development, runs next to the Ōrākei Road Bridge and follows the eastern edge of Hobson Bay on a structure completely separate to Ngapipi Road. Read more about Section 4.
Where we are with Section 4
- The route has been confirmed, following the evaluation of eight route options late 2017 - read the consultation report on the preferred route.
- We have an initial (specimen) design for the path, taking into account feedback we received during the 2017 consultation.
- We are preparing to lodge a notified resource application to build the path.
- We are talking to people who own properties and businesses who will be impacted by the path, in advance of lodging the resource consent application with Auckland Council.
- Anyone can be involved in a notified consent process so you will have a chance to have a say.
- For this section of the path, the duration of the consenting phase will depend on feedback submitted to Auckland Council during the consent process and any other council conditions.
Image: Section 4 viewed from the southern end by Purewa Bridge.
Expected project timeline
- Mid 2019 - Section 3 fully open.
- Mid-late 2019 - Section 4 consenting (timeline subject to public feedback within the Auckland Council consenting process).
- Late 2019 - Section 2 start construction.
- Late 2019 - Section 4 award detailed design and construction contract (once consent granted).
- Mid-end 2021 Sections 2 and 4 complete.
Feedback on the preferred route for section 4 is open until 8 October 2017.
AT and NZTA have released the preferred route for section 4, the last leg of the path (between Orakei Basin and Tamaki Drive).
We will seek public feedback on this section next month.
Read the media release: Preferred route announced for Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive section 4.
AT and NZTA have made a short-list of 3 route options for section 4, the last leg of the shared path (between Orakei Basin and Tamaki Drive). The options are now being taken forward for further investigation that will include geotechnical study and value engineering.
Feedback on section 1 of the shared path (the section between Merton and St Johns Roads) was open from 27 March until 4 April 2017. Thanks to everyone who provided feedback.
This morning, Mayor Phil Goff and Transport Minister Simon Bridges opened section 1 of Te Ara Ki Uta Ki Tai (the path of land and sea). Children from Stonefields School were among the first to ride and scooter on the path.
Get ready to ride! Section one is open to the public from midday Friday 9 December. Coast downhill from St Johns Road to Merton Road, then wind your way back for a coffee and a view of east Auckland.
Approaching the connection with St Johns Road.
Looking toward Glen Innes.
Greening the path.
The project team recently hosted members of the Orakei Local Board and Bike Auckland on a site tour of section one. The path is taking shape and is on track for a late October opening.
This earth ramp will reduce the gradient as the path climbs towards St Johns Road. This will be grassed and planted once the path is built.
The rippling in the path is where it levels out at regular intervals. This makes access for wheelchair users easier and will help reduce downhill speed.
The path is being built from the St Johns Road and Merton Road ends and will meet in the middle.
Work is underway to connect the walkway between Felton Mathew Ave and Apirana Ave with the Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path.
We have had to divert an old unmarked stormwater pipe. This additional work has increased the time the walkway will be closed. We now expect it to be reopened in late June.
During the closure, Glen Innes station can be accessed from Merton Road and Apirana Ave.
The notification period for the consent applications for sections 2 and 3 has ended. A decision is expected in late July.
Walkway closed mid-May to mid-June
Work is underway to connect the walkway between Felton Mathew Ave and Apirana Ave with Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path.
A raised concrete table will be built at the path junction, to keep speeds low and pedestrians safe.
During this time, Glen Innes Station can be accessed from Merton Road and Apirana Ave.
Map showing the closed walkway
Before continuing the path through Meadowbank a