Changes to Hewletts Road layout

Some minor changes to the layout of Hewletts Road may cause traffic delays. File photo.

The New Zealand Transport Agency is advising road users of a minor change to the road layout on Hewletts Road while an extension to the bus lanes is completed.

The extension of the bus lanes from Totara Street to the Tauranga Marina, and the installation of a right turn bay on Jean Batten Drive, was announced earlier this year.

The right turn bay has been completed and the bus lane extension is getting underway today.

NZTA Bay of Plenty transport system manager Jack Hansby says there may be some minor delays while people get used to the new road layout.

“The work will be carried out over the next two weeks, at night where possible,” he says.

“The extended bus lanes will allow buses to move more easily through the traffic, reducing delays for people who use public transport.

“People can help by planning ahead to avoid spending their time in traffic. See what other options are out there.  Walk, bike, carpool, or take public transport, plan ahead and if possible, start work later or earlier and avoid the delays.”

The Transport Agency, with Tauranga City Council and Bay of Plenty Regional Council are continuing to work together to make it easier for people to move around the city.


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Posted on 23-11-2017 13:27 | By old trucker

Capt Kaveman ,and MISS ADVENTURE, you are both right it makes me bleedin sick, its all about getting Buses moving quicker yeah right, have you seen the lanes all painted green for buses ,for crying out loud now its only 2 lanes there will be a ACCIDENT AT the Hardstand with buses trying to squeeze in on the left lane, why just buses everybody is trying to get somewhere, and they only go every half hr give and take, and NO BODY IN THEM and they get PRIORITY, the light phasing is all wrong, surely all lanes could be open in PEAK HOUR. but the STIFF SHIRTS IN TCC @NZTA DONT CARE, all those trucks idling in the heat does them NO GOOD,surely they could use the bus lanes to keep freight moving, both ways.anyway we will not win against these NO BRAIN IDIOTS IN TCC@NZTA. Sunlive is theBESTforNEWSinNZ,Thankyou,10-4out.phew.

Are you deaf

Posted on 23-11-2017 12:16 | By rastus

Are you deaf - can't you read - have you not yet caught onto these greenie idiots agenda "Walk, bike, carpool, or take public transport, now just do as you are told - Anyone would think you had the idea we were living in a free society - what a laugh ' save the whales and while you are at it leave your car in the garage or better still send it to the wreckers - what a joke these idiots are turning our lovely country in to!

Bus lane

Posted on 23-11-2017 10:56 | By Absolutely

Bus lanes need to be like in Auckland where vehicles with 3 or more persons in the car can use the bus lane. This encourages car pooling, and helps get traffic moving

Photo says it all !

Posted on 23-11-2017 09:47 | By The Caveman

Empty BUS lanes - with a single bus every half hour - when the other two lanes at a stand still.

Congestion needs to be reduce

Posted on 22-11-2017 23:02 | By coghlanrory

Congestion needs to be reduced, all the right and left entry's in and out of Hewletts road is congesting traffic. Both ways on hewletts needs to be 3 lanes, is the bus lane neccesary. If the bus lanes were converted into traffic lanes it's would help.

@ Capt_Kaveman

Posted on 22-11-2017 20:29 | By MISS ADVENTURE

nah, they deliberately have them out fo phase so as the traffic conjestion so made worse deliberately. That is all part of a city wide plan to make the traffic flow as challengig as possible so as to self justify their own existence and need to spend ...


Posted on 22-11-2017 17:34 | By Capt_Kaveman

dont they just fix the light phasing, The Hewletts/Jean/Maru 20 sec turn around helps to reduce the number of traffic able to pass through the intersection, as everytime you change there is a loss of 10 sec, so if you even add just 10s more from 20s to 30sec you are saving 10s/min thats approx 10mins/hr that is lost in moving traffic, How Martin got his job i dont know but phasing the lights in Hewletts road is basic maths

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