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Connecting the people. Fifteenth Avenue to Welcome Bay

Turret Road

Our city is growing fast. The Fifteenth Avenue, Turret Road and Welcome Bay Road route links many communities and provides an alternative to the state highways across and around the harbour.

As Tauranga continues to grow, this key route will become even more important. We need to reduce the need for people to use single occupancy vehicles and make it more attractive to travel by bus, walk or cycle.

We know there are lots of challenges for people travelling in this area. Over the years, there have been many studies carried out on this route, with valuable feedback provided by the community.

Council now has an opportunity to seek funding from Government to improve transport in this area. We will be using these past studies and feedback to help guide us to look at different options. We’re working with our regional and central Government partners, local residential and business communities and mana whenua on a business case to identify what changes need to be made to the route. The future starts now, but it’s going to take time.

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What area are we looking at?

Our study area for the business case is the corridor including Fifteenth Avenue and Turret Road through to Welcome Bay Road.

Fifteenth Avenue to Turret Road Map

What are we doing now?

We are developing a business case to identify:

  • Issues along this area of roads that need to be addressed.
  • Options available to address these issues.
  • All the things we need to take into consideration when reviewing the options – such as the local environment and community needs, local centres, the environmental and cultural importance of the Waimapu estuary, cultural sites and the roads’ function of connecting the suburbs along its route with one another and the Te Papa peninsula and city centre.
  • Assess all the possible options to identify a preferred option.  

Assuming the Business Case funding is approved (2023/24), detailed design (which will include engagement with mana whenua, partners, stakeholders and the community) will commence on the preferred option. Once the design has been finalised, resource consents will be applied for and physical works will begin.

Learn more about transport challenges we face

As we upgrade and build new roads, instead of asking “what’s the best way to move more cars around the city?” we’re asking “what’s the best way to move more people around the city?”

We want more people to be able to move safely and easily around Tauranga, no matter how they’re travelling.

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Email transport@tauranga.govt.nz or
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  • Start work to prepare Business Case

    Early 2022
  • Engagement with partners, stakeholders and the local community

    June to November 2022
  • Development and assessment of options

    June to November 2022
  • Finalise Business Case

    December 2022
  • Engagement on preferred option

  • Assuming the Business Case funding is approved, detailed design with engagement will commence, leading to resource consents and physical works

    2023 to 2025

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Talk with a staff member

Email transport@tauranga.govt.nz or
please phone Tauranga City Council on 07 577 7000

Related projects

Connecting our people. Fifteenth Avenue to Welcome Bay is part of Council's wider strategic objectives to support the city's rapid growth.

Te Papa Spatial Plan
Tauranga Transport System Plan
Building our future – Cameron Road, Te Papa Stage 1 
Plan change 26
Cycle Plan implementation

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