The transport plan for the Western Corridor places importance on public transport solutions, walking and cycling, and local road networks for local journeys.
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.
The proposed long-term (10 plus years) improvements for SH29 and SH29A include three options; 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.
Maps showing the options(external link)
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.
The future PT Service Plan for the Western Corridor has been developed around a “hub-and-spoke” model. Tauranga Crossing is a natural hub where most roads in the area meet and the centre is a significant attractor in the area. In addition to the combination of express services to Tauranga’s CBD and local services, school services will also be provided. The number of these will be dependent 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.
From further investigations including geotechnical, stormwater and environmental assessments for the three short-listed options, and analysis of the input from partners, stakeholders, potentially affected parties and the wider community, the emerging preferred option we will be developing further is Option B – Offline.
Option B – Offline map [PDF, 19 MB]
The option will integrate with the enabling works and it is being proposed to be built in stages.
The project team is working on developing the long-term emerging preferred option in more detail and there will be another opportunity for people to provide feedback to make sure we’ve got it right in mid-2022.
Alongside the long-term planning work for the transport network, Tauranga City Council and Waka Kotahi have identified initial improvements to enable the first stages of housing development within Tauriko West, support continued industrial development of Tauriko Business Estate, and improve safety at the existing SH29/Belk Road and SH29/Cambridge Road intersections.
Enabling works map [PDF, 12 MB]
If you’re a landowner who feels you may be impacted and you haven’t received a letter or email from us please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07 927 6009.
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