Hewletts Road bus lanes extended

The bus lanes at the end of Hewletts road are to be extended over coming weeks.

Pre-Christmas commuting across the bridge may be affected by NZTA beginning work on extending the bus lanes from Totara Street to the Tauranga Marina, on December 6.

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

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

Two Hewletts Road projects, extending the bus lanes and installing a right turn bay at Jean Batten Drive, were announced earlier this year. The right turn bay has been completed.

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


Rat-run has gone

Posted on 28-11-2017 08:22 | By Ratepayer

This bus lane extension can only annoy rat-lane runners who would change lanes to overtake stationary traffic - then burn off at the green light to get ahead.

We all need to get around.

Posted on 28-11-2017 06:58 | By Cynical Me

Tga City Council, NZTA and EBOP bereft of idea's forever.No one uses the buses do they? If they do show us the numbers and times.The intelligence quotient of that lot is getting lower and lower.

This is terrible

Posted on 27-11-2017 14:52 | By old trucker

Gosh this is so silly,from Totara st onwards was good but now put the STUPID bus lane before this is silly,if there is a big 60ton t@t it will turn red before you get to lights lane nearest curb was good cos you could get away from the trucks easier,i feel this is unfair,and agree with maildrop, the buses can still get through the way it was, the buses only have sometimes 2 people aboard them,NZTA can do what they like,i hope that this will not be going to be a cash cow for you know who, but me tinks it will be, anyway more STRESS for people,always someone that wants more vigilance taken and heavier fines makes me sick, Sunlive is No1,Thankyou,10-4 out. phew.


Posted on 27-11-2017 11:04 | By sangrae

By extending the bus lanes are the authoritiys going to get proactive with the public using them ,more vigilance and heavier fines especially courier drivers and smart arse young male drivers .


Posted on 27-11-2017 10:57 | By maildrop

I'm sure those 3 passengers will enjoy tootling along making use of free wifi paid for by me.

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