NZTA are reported to be considering building a new seawall to protect the rail corridor between Petone and Ngauranga. This is good news for Great Harbour Way/ Te Aranui o Pōneke, since it provides the opportunity to mount a shared walking and cycling path on the seaward side of the rail corridor. The existing cycle path runs between the rail corridor and the expressway, and in places there is simply not enough space to provide an adequate cycle route.
At the same time, NZTA is not just looking at the Petone – Ngauranga cycle route in isolation, but is considering the cycling issues all the way from Melling to Aotea Quay. Although this wider scope may prolong the investigation, it is likely to result in a better route for cyclists.