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Walkway woes go on

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Last updated 05:00 07/02/2014
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WALKWAY DANGER: Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board deputy chairwoman Carrol Elliott, left, and chairwoman Lydia Sosene say they’ve been left in a lurch by Auckland Transport over plans to get rid of a dangerous walkway.

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A DECADE-old project to close a dangerous walkway has been pushed down the list of Auckland Transport's priorities and community leaders are fuming.

The Waddon-Windrush project involves replacing a walkway with a new road linking Waddon Place and Windrush Close in Mangere.

The walkway is a "hub of criminal activity" that is endangering innocent community members, Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board chairwoman Lydia Sosene says.

"There's been a rape there, assaults, people who have been attacked.

"It needs to be safe, it needs to be well-lit."

The project was originally managed by the Manukau City Council and has since been transferred to Auckland Transport.

Work has now been pushed back to 2017-18.

The board members feel as if they've been "stonewalled" by the council-controlled organisation, Ms Sosene says.

"The board works really hard to have a positive relationship [with Auckland Transport].

"Waddon-Windrush is still a big problem and we still can't get the funding to do that project."

Auckland Transport spokesman Mark Hannan says the Waddon-Windrush plan has always been a low priority.

The project wouldn't contribute enough to the improvement of the overall roading network to attract funding from the New Zealand Transport Agency, he says.

At the last assessment, the projected cost was about $2 million.

Mr Hannan says Auckland Transport is working with the board and Auckland Council on options for the Waddon-Windrush project.

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- Manukau Courier

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