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Project introduction

The Tauriko Network Plan places importance on public transport solutions, walking and cycling, and local road connections to support growth in the area.

Project updates

Tauriko for Tomorrow project update – May 2022
Project updates, (PDF)
Tauriko for Tomorrow project update – November 2021
Project updates, (PDF)
Tauriko for Tomorrow summary of engagement
Public engagement, (PDF)
Tauriko for Tomorrow project update - August 2021
Project updates, (PDF)
Tauriko for Tomorrow information boards
Project posters, (PDF)

Project overview

The Tauriko Network Plan is part of Tauriko for Tomorrow - a collaborative project driven by four key partners, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Tauranga City Council, and the NZ Transport Agency – focussing on development in the Tauriko West area.

The vision for Tauriko West is to create a thriving community that allows people to live, learn, work, and play locally. This means creating a new community and ensuring it has access to amenities such as schooling, parks, cycle and walkways, the Wairoa River, shopping at nearby areas and transport options and infrastructure.

Tauriko Network Programme Business Case [PDF, 5.4 MB]

The Tauriko transport plan

Providing more travel choices and encouraging people to move differently will contribute to accessibility, safety, health and environmental outcomes.

The emerging preferred long-term transport option

The transport plan for the Western Corridor places importance on public transport solutions, walking and cycling, and local road networks for local journeys. The key objectives of the long-term improvements (10 plus years) are to provide choice in how people want to travel, to support a thriving and growing community and protection of the freight route and safety for all users.

From our investigations and analysis of the input from partners, stakeholders, potentially affected parties and the wider community on the three short-listed options in 2021, Option B – Offline is the emerging preferred option.

Option B is a new four lane state highway which would be built alongside the existing SH29 and SH29A. It includes significant improvements for walking and cycling and high frequency public transport connections through the area and encourages people to use the bus, walk and cycle. It integrates into the wider transport network and key local road connections.

Option B – Offline map

View larger/downloadable map [PDF, 922 KB]

Tauriko Network Connections – future transport network map [PDF, 6.6 MB] 

Find out more about the emerging preferred option:

  • Why Option B - Offline?
    • The proposed new SH29 road alignment provides a separate network for local and regional traffic between Omanawa and Barkes Corner, safer intersections and improved traffic flow with no interactions.
    • The option will be future-proofed with two lanes in each direction separated by a barrier, addressing resilience and allowing lanes to be allocated to different functions in the future.
    • A new road will be built to the safety and design standards at the time it is constructed, reducing crashes and the severity of crashes.
    • It supports more efficient freight movements to the Port of Tauranga and Tauriko Business Estate.
    • It will improve the safety of the Omanawa Road/SH29 intersection by providing better separation of traffic turning into and out of the intersection.
    • Enables future residential growth in the Western Corridor.

    Option B – Offline will:

    • Provide transport choices including buses, walking and cycling, as well as access to local amenities such as schools, businesses, recreation areas and culturally significant places.
    • Improve safety and reduce deaths and serious injuries for everyone using the transport network.
    • Protect important freight access to the Port of Tauranga.

    Option B includes:

    • Improved public transport network including public transport hub with dedicated bus lanes from hub to Cameron Road multimodal corridor.
    • Improved off-road walking and cycling corridor and safe grade-separated road crossings.
    • An upgraded Omanawa Road intersection.
    • A grade-separated interchange at Redwood Lane and Kaweroa Drive (continuing to provide access to Tauriko West and the Tauriko Business Estate) including grade-separated walking and cycling.
    • An underpass at Tauriko Village including grade-separated walking and cycling.
    • An underpass at Cambridge Road including grade-separated walking and cycling.
    • A grade-separated interchange at Takitimu Drive Toll Road.
    • A grade-separated interchange at Barkes Corner, which will separate traffic on Cameron Road/Pyes Pa Road from SH29A traffic.

    The option will integrate with the enabling works.

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The online survey closed on 17 June. Following community engagement, Waka Kotahi will refine the overall designs of the long-term option to inform the Waka Kotahi Tauriko Network Connections Business Case. The business case will be used to seek funding for the next stages of the project. Waka Kotahi expects to submit the business case to the Waka Kotahi Board in mid- to late 2022.

Enabling works (short-term transport improvements)

Alongside the long-term planning for the transport network, Tauranga City Council and Waka Kotahi have identified a package of initial improvements to:

  • enable the first stage of housing development within Tauriko West
  • support continued industrial development of Tauriko Business Estate
  • improve access to public transport and walking and cycling connections
  • improve safety at SH29/Redwood Lane and SH29/Cambridge Road intersections.

View larger/downloadable map [PDF, 781 KB]

Tauranga City Council endorsed and the Waka Kotahi Board approved the business case for the enabling works to begin pre-implementation and construction.

The programme for construction of the enabling works is being developed, with the goal to move into the construction phase in 2023. This is subject to funding, consultation with landowners whose property or access may be affected by the works, land acquisition, and any required statutory approvals.

The Tauriko transport plan

SH29 is the key route connecting our region with Auckland, Waikato, and the Upper North Island. This route supports the economic success of the western Bay of Plenty. It is vital that growth and liveability, and safety and productivity go hand in hand.

The Connected Centres programme outlines how vital a multimodal transport system is to ensure existing and future communities are connected by frequent public transport services along prioritised public transport corridors.

Connected Centres programme(external link)

Enabling more people to move via public transport will improve freight access. Providing access to a network of safe and accessible cycling, walking and personal mobility routes supports connectivity to local shops, schools, and other services, as well as accessing neighbouring communities. The other benefit is a range of transport choices and the opportunity for people to live close to work. This will help reduce transport carbon emissions over time.

In 2021, we engaged on three long-term (10 plus years) options for improvements for SH29 and SH29A: an upgrade to the existing state highways (online option), a new four-lane corridor alongside the existing state highways (offline option), or a mixture of the two. Alongside the state highway upgrades there are options for significantly improving walking and cycling and high frequency public transport connections through the area. It is as much a priority to increase the attractiveness of public transport and walking, cycling and other active modes as it is to improve safety and access of the state highways.

Thank you to everyone who participated. We analysed the feedback received and you can find out what we heard in the summary of engagement.

Tauriko open day boards [PDF, 11 MB]

Tauriko Network Plan engagement summary - November 2021 [PDF, 1.9 MB]

Walking and cycling

We are working to develop a network of safe routes for cycling, walking and personal mobility to allow people to easily reach their local shops, schools, parks and neighbouring communities. There will be a balance of cycle lanes, footpaths and shared paths.

View larger/downloadable map [PDF, 1.8 MB]

The future public transport network

Tauranga Crossing is a natural hub where most roads in the area meet and the centre is a significant drawcard for people to the area. In addition to the combination of express bus services to Tauranga’s city centre and local services, there will also be school bus services. The number of these will vary depending upon on school locations.

  • Dedicated lanes and priority at key intersections will allow buses to move past queued traffic and ensure bus services are frequent, reliable and get people where they need to go.
  • Peak travel time from Tauriko to Cameron Road or Takitimu Drive is faster than driving by 2030.
  • Trips made on public transport during the busiest periods will typically be faster than driving for a range of destinations including Cameron Road and the CBD.
  • Getting more people onto buses will also free up room for more freight and create space for people who still need or choose to use cars in future.

If you’re a landowner who feels you may be impacted and you haven’t received a letter or email from us please email bopprojects@nzta.govt.nz or call 07 927 6009.

For more information on the Tauriko for Tomorrow project and to sign up to e-news please go to www.taurikofortomorrow.co.nz(external link)

 

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