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Moving around our city easily

Moving around our city easily

Tauranga is a well-connected city, easy to move around in and with a range of sustainable transport choices.

Tauranga of many pathways. This concept is derived from the tuna (eel). The tuna has many pathways to the sea. Tauranga Ara Rau Identifies the development of roads, cycleways, pathways and transport options across our city, that we may move as freely and effectively as the tuna moves.

Success looks like

  • All of our communities have reliable, safe and efficient access to services, jobs, education and recreation.
  • All of our communities are well-served by a range of transport options, with sustainable options such as public transport, walkways, cycleways and low-emission vehicle use being prioritised.
  • Low carbon transport modes and alternative energy sources have dramatically reduced transport emissions and the use of fossil fuels.
  • Commercial sectors (including the Port of Tauranga) are supported by a transport system that allows for easy movement of people and freight.

Council will contribute by

  • Ensuring our transport infrastructure and services help towards reducing our road toll, both deaths and serious injuries (aligned to the national ‘Road to Zero’ targets).
  • Supporting our communities and businesses to move to public transport, cycling and walking, to manage congestion and greenhouse gas emissions (‘mode shift’)
  • Delivering transport options that provide our communities with local services within a 15-minute journey time, and sub-regional services within 30–45 minutes.
  • Maintaining or improving travel time consistency for freight and general/light commercial movements on important routes during the day.
  • Progressing funding packages that are required to deliver on the agreed transport programme, which includes priorities such as: accelerating decision-making for SH29 improvements, enabling separation of inter-regional freight traffic from local traffic; and progressing Hewletts Road/Hull Road/ Totara Street improvements to accommodate and speed-up traffic flows across the city and to the Port.

Council’s key moves now to 2031

$2 billion is being invested over the next 10 years

  • Preliminary work and design on the Papamoa East Interchange that will connect the eastern parts of the city to the Tauranga Eastern Link (TEL), $12m.
  • Improved cycleways and walkways in Ōtūmoetai, Bellevue, and Judea, $24m.
  • Maunganui Road safety improvements, $12m
  • Cameron Road stage 1 (City Centre to 17th Ave) programme delivering improved public transport, walking and cycling, $39m.
  • A harbourside walkway between the CBD and Memorial Park, $19m.
  • Working with Waka Kotahi to investigate how dynamic road pricing could be used in the Bay of Plenty to better manage traffic volumes and congestion, influence behaviour change, as well as providing additional revenue to deliver the Connected Centres programme.
  • Developing parking management plans for key areas, such as the city centre, to implement the Parking Strategy.
  • Improving safety, access to the Port and multi-modal improvements in the Hewletts Road area, $137m.
  • Developing the local Ōtūmoetai transport network to accommodate the planned increase in housing density, $46m.
  • Public transport, walking and cycling improvements as part of the Cameron Road stage 2 project (17th Avenue to Barkes Corner), $153m.
  • Cycleways and walkways across the city, $126m.
  • Park and ride facilities in Papamoa East and Tauriko, $40m.
  • Accelerate decision-making for SH29 improvements, enabling separation of inter-regional freight traffic from local traffic which would see the full package of works start by 2025, rather than being staged over multiple decades.
  • Improving the Welcome Bay Rd, Turret Rd, and 15th Ave transport corridor, $66m.
  • Construction of Arataki to Pāpāmoa multi-modal improvements.
  • Construction of Te Tumu urban growth area multi-modal transport network and facilities.
  • Complete construction of SH29 Tauriko long-term infrastructure and multi-modal facilities.
  • SH2 travel time reliability improvement at Elizabeth St (construction) to support strategic freight journey from Port of Tauranga.
  • Construction of Western Corridor Ring Route (SH36 to Oropi Road/SH29A).

How our approaches support an inclusive city

We will work closely with tangata whenua in the planning and delivery of transport projects.

More information on Te Ao Māori approach

We will enable a transport system that is sustainable by reducing the emissions associated with transport activities and providing more environmentally friendly and accessible transport options. This includes creating a more compact urban environment where people live, work, play and learn in the same community.

More information on Sustainability approach

Given the strategic importance of the Port of Tauranga, the city’s freight network is vital for the regional, upper North Island, and New Zealand economies. Our actions and delivery of transport options will ensure that this network is accommodated.

More information on Working beyond Tauranga approach

Success measures include the following

Jobs accessible within a 15-30 minute morning commute by public transport.

Improving trends over time:

  • decreasing rates of death and injury from vehicle collisions and to people using active transport modes (such as cyclists and pedestrians)
  • increasing number of trips on and access to public transport
  • increasing use of active travel modes (such as walking and cycling), and decreasing use of private vehicles
  • decreasing per capita transport-related carbon emissions.

Primary strategy

Our Connected Centres Programme 2020 (urban development focus), developed through UFTI, spells out what needs to happen to ensure Tauranga becomes a well-planned city that meets the needs of all our current and future communities. The strategy is underpinned by several ‘action and investment plans’ that clearly describe how Council will deliver in this space.

Supported by the Transport System Plan.

There are also two holistic strategies which contribute across all our community outcomes.  These are the joint sub-regional SmartGrowth Strategy and the iwi-owned Tauranga Moana Iwi Management Plan.

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