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Ferry set for February

Last updated 05:00 20/11/2012

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Beach Haven's ferry service is expected to begin operation in February or March next year, Auckland Council's transport committee has heard.

Auckland Transport confirmed $1.35 million and a call for tenders for the project in August after intense lobbying for a ferry service by Kaipatiki Local Board.

The board pushed for it to go ahead this financial year after reacting angrily to plans to delay it to 2017.

In June chairwoman Lindsay Waugh told the North Shore Times that since the mid-1970s community expectations for a ferry service had been raised and dashed time and time again.

Member Richard Hills says feeder buses will bring passengers from as far away as Bayview and Glenfield to the ferry.

Mayor Len Brown at the time welcomed the "crucial piece of infrastructure for Beach Haven".

Auckland Transport's plans for the Beach Haven terminal include a floating pontoon with canopy, CCTV coverage and extra lighting. Parking in Beach Haven Rd is being reviewed.

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- North Shore Times

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