Auckland councillor says SkyPath has 'passed every possible test'

SkyPath would be annexed to Auckland Harbour Bridge and could carry up to 14,000 visitors in a weekend.
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SkyPath would be annexed to Auckland Harbour Bridge and could carry up to 14,000 visitors in a weekend.

An Auckland Councillor is "gobsmacked" National's Northcote candidate Jonathan Coleman is dismissing SkyPath as not feasible.

North Shore ward councillor and head of Auckland Council's planning committee, Chris Darby, said comments made by Coleman during a head-to-head debate with Northcote's Labour candidate Shanan Halbert, livestreamed by the North Shore Times on Tuesday, were unhelpful.

Coleman questioned during the debate whether construction company Downer had withdrawn from the public-private partnership (PPP) for financial reasons, or because SkyPath isn't viable.

In April, Downer Group said pulling out of the PPP was a commercial decision but declined to provide any further comment.

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"I was gobsmacked a very senior political leader, and a minister of health and a minister of sport, was suggesting the SkyPath project is not viable," Darby said.

Auckland Council North Shore ward councillor Chris Darby.
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Auckland Council North Shore ward councillor Chris Darby.

"SkyPath has been put through the wringer like no other transport project has. It has passed every possible test.

"It would be helpful if politicians made their statements and decisions based on evidence. And, if they did, they would be backing the SkyPath."

Darby said the successful tender for the project will be announced by the end of October.

"We were delighted with the very decent level of interest [in tendering] the project attracted.

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"Looking forward, the future of Skypath is positive."

 

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