We recently received an update from the NZTA on when to expect consultation on the new harbour crossing. Previously we had been told that consultation would be taking place about now, however NZTA are now saying:
Current timeframes have moved slightly to what was previously suggested.
We are planning to share an indicative design with the community in the second half of 2016. At this stage, lodgement is planned for end of 2016 / first half of 2017. This would be followed by public notification and a hearing thereafter.
Obviously it is going to be interesting to see what the “indicative design” will be. Ideally NZTA will save billions by building rail first to the North Shore, instead of going with a variation of the road-centric designs that we have seen to date.
Talking of designs, last month TransportBlog revisited the idea of a bridge across the harbour instead of a tunnel. Take a look at some of the stunning designs that could be possible here.