Construction has begun today on the new Half Moon Bay ferry pier, which when complete will provide a new, modern and safer ferry experience for its users.
It will be an important part of the new public transport network for east Auckland, due to be in place in late 2017.
Transport Minister Simon Bridges, Mayor Len Brown and Howick Local Board Chair David Collings marked the start of construction by turning the first sods at the end of Ara-Tai in Half Moon Bay. It is due to open by late 2016.
The $5.9 million project is funded by the Government through the NZ Transport Agency, the Howick Local Board through its Transport Capital Fund and Auckland Council.
During the last five years, patronage of the Half Moon Bay ferry has increased by over 50 percent to reach 372,141 total passengers in the 12 months to April 2016.
Patronage at Half Moon Bay growing by 50% over 5 years is decent and about twice the rate of overall ferry patronage growth over that time period. Yet even with that growth, it still only makes up a small portion of overall ferry use (6.5%). That kind of highlights the massive role Devonport and Waiheke play in passenger numbers.
AT list the features and benefits of the project as
- Safer and accessible for everyone and designed to provide a greater level of shelter against the elements for passengers using the pier
- Design will reflect the history of the local area
- It will be located at the end of Ara-Tai, separated from leisure boat users
- A sheltered cycle storage facility which has been recently built near the dinghy lockers will be relocated to within the new pier area
Of the total cost, $2.5 million is coming from the local board with Auckland Transport and the NZTA paying for the rest.
I’m sure ferry users out east will look forward to using it