Waitemata Greenways improves access to green spaces

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff was on hand recently for the grand opening the Waitemata Greenways. The brainchild of Waitemata Local Board, the Greenways is a series of on- and off-road routes that connect green spaces i.e. parks and reserves, via a local walking and cycling network in the suburb of Grey Lynn.

MWH, now part of Stantec, worked with Auckland Transport in response to the local board’s desire to increase the community’s choices for active modes of transport without sacrificing safety. The result is pathways that not only improve the safety of cyclists and pedestrians but also help reduce the number of cars used for local trips.

‘It is rewarding to deliver a project that eases many pain points for the local residents,’ said Stantec’s Project Technical Lead, Sagar Kariya. ‘We are proud of the finished product and excited that the local community can confidently use these new pathways.’

MWH, now part of Stantec, provided the detailed design for the pathways, as well as stormwater run-off solutions. In total the Waitemata Greenways consist of a shared pathway approximately 2kms long, an on-road cycleway approximately 1.5kms long, two roundabouts, two midblock signal crossings and a few raised crossings. The project was completed on time and within budget.

Waitemata Greenways opening

L to R – Cherry Chadha (AT), Sagar Kariya (Stantec), Ken Lee Johns (AT), George Hopkins (Stantec), Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, Ikram Patel (TSL- Contractor), Ameer Bahho (AT), Mohammed Buksh (TSL- Contractor)