The Cobham Drive walking and biking improvements along the seaward side of Cobham Drive are part of our plan to turn this coastal recreation area into an eastern gateway for Wellington.
This is the main transport route to and from Wellington Airport and is often the first glimpse of the city and its harbour for visitors. It's also home to the Meridian Energy Wind Sculpture Walk.
The new two-way bike path and separate footpath will make things safer and more enjoyable for everyone. Landscaping, planting, seats and bike parking will provide places where people can enjoy the views.
As a popular commuter route from the east, and visitor and recreational destination, the route forms part of Tahitai and Te Aranui o Pōneke / the Great Harbour Way – our region’s goal to one day have a walking and cycling path all the way around Wellington Harbour to Sinclair Head on the south coast.
Construction work to complete the landscaping, planting and new paths resumed from 15 May 2019.
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Construction work along the seaward side of Cobham Drive resumed from 15 May 2019. The area will be fenced off progressively as contractors build the remaining sections of path and landscaping, with planting to follow.
The first section of new path, between Miramar wharf and Calabar Road, was completed in December 2017.
New street lighting poles with LED lights and banners were installed along the Cobham Drive central median during 2018 and early 2019, and cables were moved underground. The old lighting and trolley bus poles were removed as part of this work.
The project is scheduled to be completed in early 2020. Councillors approved the project in June 2017 following community engagement.
The new Cobham Drive paths are part of the harbourside route around Akau Tangi/Evans Bay, named as Tahitai (one tide, one journey) by Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o te Ika.
This route will also form part of a future Te Aranui o Pōneke/Great Harbour Way.
With the first phase of the two-way coastal bike path on Evans Bay also under way, the Cobham Drive paths will help to connect the eastern suburbs with the central city. Once complete, it will be possible to ride the 7km journey between Miramar cutting and the city without having to ride on the road.
Keep up to date with how work on Cobham Drive is going and understand the process so far. New events will be added as the project progresses.
The Let's Get Wellington Moving (LGWM) programme plans to make it safer for people to cross some of our busier roads - and they will be starting with Cobham Drive.
Later in 2019, they plan to seek feedback on options for helping people on foot and on bikes to safely cross Cobham Drive, and connect with new paths now under construction on the seaward side of Cobham Drive, around Evans Bay, and in and around Kilbirnie.
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