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Futureproofing Cameron Road

We want to be prepared for growth on Cameron Road

Tauranga is growing and changing fast. To help manage traffic congestion as the city grows, we need to make it easier for more people to travel by bus, biking and walking.

In that light we have been working through the key issues and challenges that Cameron Road faces now and in the future. We are planning for short-term improvements (0-10 years) from the city centre (Harington Street) to Tauranga Hospital (17th Avenue). The aim is to work towards providing more ways for more people to move safely and easily along Cameron Road, no matter how they're travelling.  

Why Cameron Road?

  • It acts as the main spine for people in Tauranga’s southern suburbs to get into the city centre; and for people travelling to the southern suburbs.
  • It plays an important role as a destination with i.e. the hospital, schools, churches, restaurants, shops and other businesses.
  • Cameron Road is not very safe for students and other people who are walking and biking.
  • Buses get held up along certain parts of Cameron Road at peak time.

Project goals

Currently Cameron Road faces challenges regarding: reliability of journey times, safety, access on and across Cameron Road and, the attractiveness and vibrancy of this street.  The project is also looking to support the direction of the wider land use planning for the corridor which signals that it’s becoming more intensified. This leads to the following goals for the project. We want to

  • Improve the bus network: we are exploring options like peak time bus clearways (e.g. 9th Avenue to 17th Avenue) which would replace sections of existing on-street parking with a bus lane during the morning and afternoon peak periods or bus prioritisation at intersections/traffic signals. Options like these could make it more appealing to use bus services which operate along Cameron Road. Outside of the peak times, parking would be available.
  • Improve safety for people who travel by bike by looking at options like to build a separated cycleway.
  • Make it safer and more attractive for people to walk along and to cross Cameron Road by looking at options like adding crossings and making the streetscape more pleasant.
  • Make it an attractive area where people want to spend time by looking at options to improve the street corridor through plants, green areas, and improved street furniture.

Our plans for futureproofing Cameron Road will align with future initiatives to address how people live, work, learn and play within the Te Papa peninsula. If you would like to learn more about the Te Papa peninsula project and how you can get involved, please visit the Te Papa webpage. There are many ways to get involved and be informed from attending community events, online surveys or signing up for e-newsletter updates.

Impact of COVID-19 on the project

No one yet knows what normal will look like beyond the COVID-19 lockdown. We think it’s important to keep building our city’s infrastructure, even if the short-term future is uncertain. Big projects can take a long time to get moving, so we don’t want our planning to get too far behind. We are continuing with the Cameron Road planning, mindful that timing for some parts of the project might need to be reviewed.

Related Projects

The Cameron Road Multi Modal project is linked to many other projects that Tauranga City Council is currently working on to support the city’s rapid growth.

Plan Changes 26 and 28 – Intensification Plan Changes

Right now, the rules (or framework) in place for residential and commercially zoned land don’t support using land more effectively. As a result, our community currently has a limited choice of dwelling types available, such as apartments or duplexes.

We are currently reviewing and propose to make changes to the Suburban Residential, City Living and Commercial zones within our city plan to allow different dwelling types to be built.

We are currently drafting and testing the plan change provisions, and will engage with the community on this in 2020.

Find out more about the intensification plan changes

Te Papa peninsula plan and longer-term vision for Cameron Road

Our plans for futureproofing Cameron Road will align with future initiatives to address how people live, work, learn and play within the Te Papa peninsula. The Te Papa Spatial Framework will lead work on the longer-term vision for Te Papa, including Cameron Road and how it contributes to local place making and movement, as well as its role in the wider network. Our goal is to make it an attractive and vibrant area, not only now but also in the next 30 years. 

 If you would like to learn more about the Te Papa peninsula plan project and how you can get involved, please visit the Te Papa webpage where you can also sign up for regular e-newsletter updates

Cycle Plan Implementation 

We are also working closely with the team implementing the Tauranga Cycle Plan. They are working towards building a connected network of cycleways throughout the city that cater to all ages and abilities.  This will provide additional and safer options for people to get to work, school, and recreational destinations. 

Additional information about the Tauranga Cycle Plan

During 2018 we undertook a study to help understand the key challenges Cameron Road is facing due to the rapid growth of Tauranga. Information from this study was presented to the Urban Form and Transport Development committee, who then approved the next step to begin looking at concept designs. Concept designs are the first ideas of what the street layout could potentially look like. These designs help us to assess the different options and to determine priorities in a project. To help inform the concept designs we are working closely with our key stakeholders who work, live and travel through this street every day.

As part of the concept design process we are also reviewing the information we have collected to date (i.e. traffic modelling, parking surveys, crash statistics, feedback from our key stakeholders) and will consider all this information in the context of our project goals. 

As at April 2020, we’re looking for ways to keep our Community Liaison Group and other stakeholders involved as the design work continues through the COVID-19 lockdown. It’s a difficult time for everyone and we understand that other priorities may have people’s attention at this time. We’re going to use webinar workshops to get their feedback, which will help us work toward an option that can be put to the public for formal consultation later in the year.

Minutes and notes from previous workshops and webinars

CLG workshop - December 2019 (484kb pdf)
Stakeholder workshop - December 2019 (435kb pdf)
Minutes of webinar - 15 April 2020 (246kb pdf)
Minutes of webinar - 16 April 2020 (241kb pdf)
Questions and answers from both webinars (217kb pdf)

If you wish to contact the project team for any reason at all, please email cameron@tauranga.govt.nz

Local Iwi/Hapū

We began our conversations with the Tangata Whenua Collective in February 2018, talking with them about our study to improve provisions for public transport, walking and cycling through the Cameron Road corridor. In early 2020 the project team began to engage with local hapū Ngai Tamarawaho and Ngati Tapu. We are looking to them for further collaboration and guidance on this project from a placemaking perspective and for how cultural aspects can be brought into the design process.

Community Liaison Group

The Community Liaison Group is made up of a group of representatives from the business community, residents, landowners and schools that are in the area of Stage 1 of this project.

The importance of the Community Liaison Group (CLG) is to help make sure that this community is kept up-to-date and well informed about Stage 1 of the project. This group is helping us determine what aspects are most important and which ones are more flexible and bring the project to a level where public feedback will have a genuine impact on the design development process. Additionally, it will allow potential conflicting opinions and agendas to be recognised, considered and responded to in the concept design. 

Other Stakeholders

Council is working closely with representatives from the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Emergency services (St John’s Ambulance, NZ Fire Service and Emergency, NZ Police), Disability Advisory Group, Age Friendly, Youth Advisory Group, Bay of Plenty District Health Board, Automobile Association, Road Transport Association, National Road Carriers, Bike Tauranga, NZ Bus, an active bus user, Priority One, Environment and Sustainability Forum, Smartgrowth, Ministry of Education and Tauranga City Councillors.

The Councillors for the Te Papa/Welcome Bay Ward and the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Urban Form and Transport Committee are stakeholders in this group.

What are some of the elements Tauranga City Council is considering as ways to improve Cameron Road?

For Stage 1 the project team and stakeholders are considering many different elements to help improve safety, public transport reliability, cycling and walking, and the attractiveness of the street. Things like:

  • Traffic signal phasing (priority measures) – Altering the phasing of traffic signals to provide a greater level of priority for public transport (through GPS tracking) and walking.
  • Peak time clearways – Involves a bus priority lane operating where the existing on street car parking bays are located, during the morning and evening peak periods. Outside of the operating times, on-street parking would be available. Minor intersection re-design will be required to accommodate this option. Bus clearway times that are being investigated are 6am-9am in the morning peak, and 3pm-6pm in the evening peak.
  • Consolidation of side street movements – To improve the safety of the corridor restrictions to movements in to, and out of, some side streets are being considered. This may take the form of grouping streets together with some streets having restricted access while one street may have improved/safer access onto Cameron Road. To assist with this, residents on the side streets are being consulted via a letterbox survey to enable Council to get a better understanding of access and safety matters with regards to their street. The feedback from these resident surveys will be utilised to assist concept design development.
  • Improving facilities for people on bikes (in line with Cycle Plan) – The Council’s Cycle Plan seeks to deliver a step change in how cycling infrastructure is delivered in the City with a greater emphasis on safer cycling facilities. The Cameron Road project will implement and align this with new cycling best practice. How this is achieved is yet to be determined; however, the cycle facility on the eastern footpath presents an obvious, existing, opportunity to explore. This facility would require upgrading, particularly at intersections, if it is to meet new standards.
  • Improving facilities and the experience for people on foot – By making it easier and safer to walk along and across over Cameron Road as well by making the street a more pleasant and more attractive environment.
  • Providing additional car parking capacity close to Cameron Road – The northern section of the corridor has a high demand for car parking, especially near the CBD and close to the hospital. The project is already seeking to improve the existing parking situation for businesses along the corridor by changing parking restrictions and investigating opportunities to install new parking close to Cameron Road. Providing additional parking capacity is vital to support businesses along Cameron Road and is essential if a bus clearway option is pursued.

While council staff have been working with business community along Cameron Road, they have also been asking if there are things that council could make better. Things like improved parking times to support the business needs, more bike racks, better bus shelters and parklets; these are called quick wins. Council staff have now added an extra fifteen bike racks along Cameron Road and are working towards improved parking times for more than 30 businesses. We are also looking into improved bus shelters and pavement improvements.

Please contact us on cameron@tauranga.govt.nz if you are interested in finding out how council could help your business too.

To get a better understanding of how people currently use the area for parking, the project team staff undertook parking surveys. Two different sources have been used for this (Beca Ltd and TCC Parking Services team) and the information is summarized below:

  • Parking demand hasn’t changed in recent years.
  • Side roads have higher demand rates than Cameron Road itself, meaning the sides street parking is busier than on Cameron Road.
  • Northbound demand is higher than Southbound demand: people want more parks when they’re heading towards the city centre.
  • Mid-day peak has highest occupancy rate (72%)
    • 80% Northbound demand
    • PM peak has low demand (37%)
    • 42% Northbound an 34% Southbound

See information below:

Cameron Road parking demand heat maps for am and pm peaksAverage corridor occupancy - showing peak occupancy of 72% at midday

Report: Zone occupancy (935kb pdf) Cameron Road parking Occupancy between 3pm and 4pm (106kb pdf)

This project takes into consideration previous modelling work and uses existing information about bus journey-time reliability and patronage data to determine evidence for options.

The Urban Form and Transport Development committee decided in 2019 to discount the option of removing an existing traffic lane in both directions for an all-day or peak period bus lane or High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane. This decision was based on modelling, which indicated this option would significantly worsen traffic flows.

In the next stage of preliminary design, we will use traffic modelling to test the preferred option’s impact on traffic. This will ensure that the design option that gets put to the Urban Form and Transport Development committee later this year will be practical, efficient and meets the project objectives. It will then be up to the committee to approve the project proceeding to public consultation and detailed design.

Over the last 5 years (2014-2018), there have been a considerable number of injuries along Cameron Road, between 17th Avenue and Harington Street. This figure includes:

  • 600 near misses
  • 66 minor injuries
  • 13 serious injuries
  • 1 fatality

Of these, there are have been 12 cycle related injury crashes (1 serious injury and 11 minor injuries) and 7 pedestrian related injuries (1 fatal crash, 3 serious injuries and 3 minor injuries). These numbers indicate the need to consider safety improvements for the short and medium/long term solutions.

We have now shared the three high-level concepts with the Community Liaison Group and our stakeholders. They were invited to webinars to work through the thinking behind the concepts so that they could better understand the challenges and give us their feedback which we have now received.

We’re not planning any wider formal consultation for these concepts because they’re still in their early stages.

The stakeholders were all asked which of the three concepts they would support going ahead for more design and then wider public consultation for further testing and feedback.

The project team will consider all feedback taken from the webinars and work towards developing one of the options into a single, preliminary design (or preferred option), which could include different components from the three options. We plan to present that option to our councillors mid-2020. The councillors will decide whether the draft design is ready to go out to the public for formal consultation, which we’ll aim to do before the end of the year.

Below is a broad overview of three options that we presented to the CLG and stakeholders. The options are for Stage 1 of the project, which covers Cameron Road from 17th Avenue to Harington Street.

Multi-modal and safety

This option focuses on making it safer and easier for more people to bike, walk and use public transport.

  • Two traffic lanes in each direction, except one lane from Elizabeth St to Harington St
  • Bus lane from 16th Ave to 9th Ave; car parking from 9th Ave to Harington St
  • One-way separated cycleway on western side (citybound); Two-way separated cycleway on the eastern side
  • 3rd and 9th Avenue roundabouts replaced with traffic lights
  • Some controlled and uncontrolled pedestrian crossing points
  • Retain existing kerb lines and trees as much as possible as possible within the central median
  • Minor upgrades to make side streets and intersections safer/more accessible for people on foot, bikes, and mobility scooters.

Mid-level safety/multi-modal/placemaking

This option includes enhancements to the street environment to make it more attractive.

  • Two traffic lanes in each direction, except one lane from Elizabeth St to Harington St
  • Bus clearway (carparking off peak) from 16th Ave to 9th Ave; car parking from 9th Ave to Harington St
  • Two-way separated cycleway on eastern side, with extra berm between cycleway and footpath.
  • 3rd and 9th Avenue roundabouts replaced with traffic light
  • Some controlled and uncontrolled pedestrian crossing points
  • Mix of upgrades and future-proofing for developing boulevard amenity
  • Medium focus on placemaking with planting, wayfinding, cultural storytelling, active frontages, rest areas
  • Retain existing kerb lines and trees as much as possible within the central median
  • Upgrades and some road layout changes to make side streets and intersections safer/more accessible for people on foot, bike, mobility scooters.

High-level safety/multi-modal/placemaking

Similar to the mid-level option but has a higher level of investment to get better results.

  • Two traffic lanes in each direction, except one lane from Elizabeth St to Harington St
  • Bus lane from 16th Ave to 9th Ave; bus clearway (car parking off-peak) from 9th Ave to Elizabeth St; no buses in Elizabeth-Harington
  • Two-way separated cycleway on eastern side next to footpath
  • 3rd and 9th Avenue roundabout replaced with traffic lights
  • All crossings points to be controlled and focus on pedestrian/cycle priority
  • Upgrades to create boulevard amenity
  • High level of focus on placemaking with planting, wayfinding, cultural storytelling, active frontages, rest areas, artwork
  • Shift kerb lines and trees within the central median
  • Layout changes and some street closures to make side streets and intersections safer/more accessible for people on foot, bikes, mobility scooters.

If you are interested in reading more about enabling growth in Tauranga, you can find further information on this topic on the page below.

Enabling growth

Last Reviewed: 01/05/2020


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