13 August 2020

A new walking and cycle bridge across the Waipoua River will provide easy access to Oxford Street Reserve from the trail on the south side of the river.

Masterton District Council approved construction of the bridge, at the end of Railway Crescent, at its meeting last week.

An average of 1,500 visitors a month use the Akura Road trail on the south side of the river.

Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson said the new bridge would be a great addition to the existing trail network around Masterton.

“Our network of recreational trails is a fantastic asset and used by a large number of locals and visitors.

“The new bridge will enable walkers and bikers to cross the river and enjoy the Oxford Street Reserve.

“It will be a great addition to the well-used trails we already have.”

An extension of the trail on the north side of the river from the Colin Pugh Sports Bowl up to the Oxford Street Reserve is planned for the 2021-22 year.

Costs for the bridge project are yet to be finalised, but it is hoped to carry out the work, which requires resource consent, in the current financial year, following design and tendering.

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