'Single biggest benefit out of Kaikoura quake' – praise for proposed $9m cycle trail

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Marlborough is looking to blaze a new trail following Kaikoura's November 14 earthquake, with plans for a $9 million cycle trail between Picton and Kaikoura.

The region's mayor says some good could come from the devastating Kaikoura quake.
Source: 1 NEWS

A feasibility report on the proposed Coastal Pacific Trail was commissioned by the Marlborough District Council following a public awareness campaign.

The report's findings were released this morning, and described by Marlborough Mayor John Leggett as "very positive" overall.

"This trail could be the single biggest benefit to come out of the 14 November earthquake. From a difficult and traumatic event, it is fantastic to see a visionary idea come to fruition, with such wide support from the community," Mr Leggett said.

The project isn't without its challenges.

The trail would require "substantial physical infrastructure", access to necessary land and long-term track maintenance.

The overall cost to build the track is estimated at $8.95 million, but it's possible the region would see an increase in income of between $67 million - $131 million, generated by trail users over a 20 year period.

The Marlborough District Council will consider the findings and recommendations in the report on October 19.

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