Two ferry announcements today – one in relation to Hobsonville and one in relation to Beach Haven. Both of these are linked as I think the same boat will end up serving both wharves (as they’re so close to each other). First, Hobsonville:
Auckland Transport and Hobsonville Land Company have agreed joint funding for construction of a new wharf at Hobsonville Point, enabling ferry services between the Point and downtown Auckland to begin early in the new year.
Auckland Transport is funding 80 percent of the $2.85 million ferry terminal project, with the remainder funded by development partner Hobsonville Land Company.
Auckland Transport chief executive Dr David Warburton said the agreement would see the two organisations work in partnership to deliver a brand new ferry service between downtown Auckland and Hobsonville Point.
“Hobsonville Point’s potential for coastal development, as well as for public spaces, parks and The Landing itself makes it an important point on our Waitemata Harbour ferry network,” said Dr Warburton.
Hobsonville Land Company chief executive Chris Aiken said it would be great to have the ferry service up and running by the time the new primary school opens for the 2013 school year.
‘Working families moving into the area for schooling can know they have an easy commute down the harbour to the CBD as an option,” said Mr Aiken.
Brian Perry Civil has been appointed to construct the new ferry wharf at The Landing, the site where Catalina flying boats once graced the harbour and foreshore. Construction is scheduled to start next week and be completed before Christmas, to support ferry services to the CBD starting early in the new year.
“A ferry service will add to Hobsonville Point’s easy connection with Auckland,” said Mr Aiken, “complementing our proximity to the north western motorway, and regular bus services.”
The new wharf would replace the old wharf structure at The Landing and become a vital public amenity in its own right, said Mr Aiken.
Designed by Architectus, the wharf will be a significant structure featuring a large public deck where people can sit and enjoy the harbour and stunning views. The wharf will have a roof and side panels to provide protection from the weather.
Stories of Hobsonville Point will be told visually on a series of panels. The wharf’s keynote feature will be a sculpture by Virginia King inspired by the shape of traditional eel traps, or Hinaki. The work is conceived as a symbol of protection of the waters of the Upper Waitemata Harbour.
Hobsonville Land Company is contributing to the cost of the project that will create waterfront amenity for Hobsonville Point residents and is also investing in new roads and a park and ride facility to support the ferry service. A new road under construction will enable buses serving the peninsula to drive down to The Landing to connect to the ferry.
And Beach Haven:
Auckland Transport yesterday decided to revise its budget so ferries can call at Beach Haven in conjunction with a new service early next year between Hobsonville and the city centre…
…But it was only yesterday, after strong lobbying from the Kaipatiki Local Board, that Auckland Transport decided to spend about $1.35 million this financial year to rescue a Beach Haven service from the outer reaches of its long-term fundingplan.
That would provide a two-stage gangway with a canopy and “runway” lighting to a floating pontoon, supported by guiding piles, the organisation said last night.
Board member Richard Hills welcomed the decision as exciting and logical, saying the new service would have a large catchment of passengers reaching across the Kaipatiki Bridge to Glenfield and beyond, taking cars off the heavily congested commuter route down Onewa Rd to the motorway.
Parking arrangements have yet to be made, and Auckland Transport board member Mike Williams told his colleagues that feeder buses would be needed to carry passengers to and from an upgraded Beach Haven wharf.
Although a Beach Haven ferry service has been discussed for years, the Kaipatiki board was dismayed to find in June that it was unlikely to start before 2017 under Auckland Transport’s long-term plan.
The services should be relatively popular, as long as they can connect logically with ways to get to the terminals – especially in the form of feeder bus services. Which in turn makes sorting out integrated ticketing particularly necessary.