Funding approved for ferry terminal

The much-awaited Birkenhead ferry terminal project is finally going full steam ahead.

North Shore city councillor Ann Hartley says the Auckland Regional Transport Authority has confirmed funding for installation of a hydraulic boarding ramp.

She says ARTA strategy and planning general manager Peter Clark made the confirmation at last week’s meeting of the Auckland Regional Land Transport Committee.

Mr Clark said the authority is providing $1.5 million for a modern ramp to be installed soon, with the council having completed pile strengthening to enable installation.

Ms Hartley is happy with the news that the ferry terminal project will finally move ahead.

“This is something that we in Birkenhead have been pushing a lot for,” she says.

She says the ramp will make it easier for passengers to move between the terminal to the ferry.

Good ferry services at Birkenhead will help with the success of the soon to be introduced Beach Haven ferry service, she says.

Ms Hartley says detailed design of the Beach Haven wharf is half-way complete, with construction due to start in October and be completed by March 2009.

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Reprinted with permission: Auckland Now – North Shore Times

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