Exciting plans are under way to redevelop the civic precinct in the centre of our city - Te Manawataki O Te Papa. The demolition of the old council building in Willow Street has meant the bus interchange has moved up the road to Durham and Wharf Streets (between Spring Street and the Baycourt Community and Arts Centre).
This is a temporary solution while a new permanent transportation hub is developed.
The Intercity bus stop has moved from Wharf Street to Willow Street, outside the Tauranga Art Gallery.
The new interchange opened on Monday, 13 June 2022 and is expected to be in use at this temporary location for approximately 18 months.
Several sites across the city were assessed for suitability as a temporary location for the bus interchange. The Durham Street site was chosen because it is close to the current site on Willow Street and destination points in the city centre, and minimises impacts on the existing bus network and passengers.
Due to wet weather, there is still some work to be done at the Durham Street interchange this week, including signage installation, paint markings and bus shelter windows. We appreciate everyone's patience as we work to get these last few jobs done.
The relocation of the Willow Street interchange makes way for the development of the new civic precinct - Te Manawataki O Te Papa - and is a temporary solution while a new permanent transportation hub is developed.
Measures to help keep bus users safe at the interchange include improved street lighting, installation of CCTV cameras and security guards on site.
There have also been improvements to footpaths in the area and two new raised zebra crossings added either side of the Wharf Street/Durham Street intersection to assist with crossing the road near the interchange.
The lift in the Spring Street car parking building provides an option to assist people with access needs to get from Grey Street to Durham Street.
Bus shelters, seating, and information on bus routes and timetables are all available at the new interchange.
There are no changes to bus timetables as a result of the move. For more information about bus stops and timetables visit www.baybus.co.nz
Visit the Tauranga City Council website for more information about the central city bus interchange and the civic redevelopment projects.