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380 people respond to Greta Point section of Great Harbour Way

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Consultation for the last section of Tahitai is drawing a strong response as residents provide their views on how the new harbourside connection between Miramar and the city will be linked from Cobham Drive through to Greta Point.

Planning started about five years ago with drop-in sessions at the ASB Sports Centre, a community working group, community consultation, and a 2018 Council decision to develop a seaward-side footpath and two-way bike path on this part of Te Aranui o Pōneke/the Great Harbour Way. People with an interest in this area are now able to help fine-tune the draft design for the Greta Point section, and more than 380 people have already had a say.

Wednesday night (tomorrow) 29 September at 7.30pm is the final online drop-in session before the submissions close on Tuesday 12 October.

“I am very keen that as many people as possible have a chance to share ideas and thoughts on what is a key commuter and recreational route around the bays from the east, and improve the connection to Kilbirnie shops. Recent media have confused details around the timing for the final consultation but the message is, everything is running to plan and I look forward to joining our community Wednesday night as we plan for greater accessibility and a carbon zero future,” says Deputy Mayor Sarah Free.

Information and plans are available at transportprojects.org.nz/evansbay and feedback can be provided online.

Wednesday 29 September at 7.30pm.
Zoom link: : https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UuezBODBRrmgxIsGdeLwuw

Anyone needing help to access information, or a form mailed to them, can phone 04 499 4444.

The draft plans include:

a continuation of the footpath and separate two-way bike path being built around the bays;

two new raised pedestrian crossings in the Greta Point area (near the childcare centres and café), plus raising the existing crossings near Cog Park and Hataitai beach to about footpath height;

four pairs of bus stops through this section instead of seven to improve bus journey times (almost all potential passengers will still be within a five-minute walk or less from their nearest stop);

changes to improve visibility at major driveways;

improvements to the landscaped area between Greta Point and Cog Park, including a ramp (rather than steps) to the lower level, new paving, seats and timber decking;

improved lighting in some areas;

slightly more parking at Greta Point and near Cog Park, and less in some other areas including Hataitai beach, where most parking would be removed on both sides to provide more space for people and wider traffic lanes. Buses and large vehicles are less likely to cross the centre line on bends, improving safety for everyone through this narrow area;

removing the painted median between NIWA and Cog Park to create more space for people to walk and bike, and so car parking can be retained in this area;

upgrades of some retaining walls and seawalls south of Hataitai beach;

a dedicated footpath and two-way bike path through Cog Park.

The name Te Haerenga Roa o Te Aro (long promenade or journey) gifted by Taranaki Whānui for this section of Tahitai acknowledges the journeys of the peoples of Te Aro from their arrival in Aotearoa. It acknowledges journeys from the Bay of Plenty to Taranaki, from there to Wellington, and from Te Aro Pā (near where Taranaki Street and Manners Street are today) to Evans Bay where the Te Aro Pā Trust now has a kāinga of modern townhouses. Haerenga also means promenade.

https://www.transportprojects.org.nz/current/evans-bay/greta-point-to-cobham-drive/

8 comments:

  1. Jim Mikoz, 29. September 2021, 18:39

    It looks like the WCC have failed to take into account that Evans Bay Parade is the only way that dangerous goods and fuel can get to the Airport and to Miramar. It is against the law to allow dangerous goods into tunnels in NZ, something that the WCC failed to acknowledge when they built the Arras Tunnel.
    The WCC is making this road too narrow especially near bus stops – fuel tankers will have to stop as it will be impossible to pass a bus at the chosen new bus stops. Talk about making a road safer – the WCC is going to make the road extremely dangerous. Bus stops next to the boat ramps will make it extremely hard to see oncoming traffic. Compare how many vehicles use the area against how many bikes and people, and narrowing the road would be hard to justify.
    And how long is this going to take? The mismanagement of the work north of Greta Point is an example of a project out of control and lacking in any management skills to keep to the time table and budget.

     
  2. Evans Bay Yacht and MotorBoat Club, 29. September 2021, 18:46

    The current proposal will see the following happen:
    60 car parks (that is all car parks) will be removed from the seaward side of the road between the Clubhouse and the old entrance ramp adjacent to the Coastguard building.
    21 car parks (75%) will be removed on the seaward side of the road between the Clubhouse and the northern end of the boat sheds. This will leave 7 parks outside the sheds (5 unrestricted and 2 P10 drop offs).
    29 car parks (~50%) are being removed on the western (residential) side of the road between the Coastguard building and the northern end of the boat sheds.
    So, a total of 110 car parks (74%) are going to be removed within 250m each direction of the Clubhouse. And this doesn’t take into account the approximately 30 parks that are proposed to be removed from Hataitai Beach.
    We want to ensure those making the final decision realise that recreational activities from the EBYMBC facility (and wider area) require users to bring their vehicles; it is not practical to bring your sailing gear/kayak/paddleboard/waka/fish to be weighed, on a bike or the bus. [Extract from club’s newsletter.]

     
  3. Aidy, 30. September 2021, 8:59

    EBYMBC: Last time I looked there was a huge car park near the marina at Evans Bay, and this section of road regularly has large party buses and motor caravans parked on it for weeks on end. Plus haven’t you got a large waterside section for boat, kayak and SUP storage?
    Jim Mikoz. Whereas I understand dangerous goods need to travel around this road, I’m not certain why waiting behind a bus for 30 seconds is such a problem. Tankers presumably are able to wait at traffic lights and intersections as per normal road rules.

     
  4. Mike Mellor, 1. October 2021, 20:27

    Jim Mikoz: it seems highly unlikely that two not-very-busy bus stops on a not-very-frequent bus route will make the road “extremely dangerous”; and having the stops reasonably close (but certainly not dangerously close) to the marina accesses will be safer than allowing parking there: parked vehicles would make it much harder to see oncoming traffic than buses stopped there for less than a minute (if that) each hour.

    As for the allegation that WCC “failed to acknowledge” dangerous goods issues with respect to Arras tunnel, that may well be because as part of SH1 it was NZTA, not WCC, that designed and built it.

     
  5. Cr Daran Ponter, 1. October 2021, 23:29

    The No 24 is in the Metlink Top 10 Trumps card pack for patronage.

     
  6. Julienz, 2. October 2021, 9:12

    Cr Ponter – are you saying the 24 Johnsonville – Broadmeadows – Wellington – Miramar Heights bus has the highest, or at least in the Top 10, patronage of Metlink bus services? What does this say about the Johnsonville train supposedly offering Mass Rapid Transit? The commuters seem to be indicating otherwise. The best hope for getting better patronage on the Johnsonville line seems to me to be intensifying housing, services and employment opportunities at the short journey end, namely Crofton Downs. If Johnsonville is expected to take the population growth being imposed on it by WCC and maintain any kind of quality living environment, then we need – at the least – bus priority on SH1 down the Ngauranga Gorge. A decent Johnsonville town centre where people can “work, live and play” without needing to commute would also help. We might also think about mixed residential and light industry/retail to encourage mode shift. The Hutt Road and Kaiwharawhara Road could both take six storeys with ground floor retail and upper floor living . They have excellent access to a frequent public transport and a dedicated cycle way/walking path. Reinstating the Kaiwharawhara Station would add another PT option.

     
  7. Cr Daran Ponter, 2. October 2021, 16:11

    Julienz – Yes – No 24 is in the Top 10 bus routes. Good idea re: bus priority for Ngauranga Gorge – already on the drawing board – but quite how it will materialise is a mystery to me.

     
  8. Mike Mellor, 3. October 2021, 10:59

    The fact that the 24 is in the top 10 but has so little impact on road space round Evans Bay is testament to how understated and unappreciated the current contribution of buses is, and what they can do when they they are given the facilities (and respect!) that they and their passengers deserve (and the same applies, even more so, to light rail).

    Roll on the fine words in council and LGWM policies being fully reflected in what happens on the ground!

     

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