To help manage traffic congestion as Tauranga continues to grow, the city council is looking at ways to make it easier for more people to travel by bus, biking or walking.
TCC Transport Committee has unanimously agreed to proceed with investigations and discussions with the community for a peak time bus clearway along Cameron Road, from the CBD to the hospital.
The clearway would be a lane reserved for buses to use in the morning and evening peak periods, and would give buses a clear run along Cameron Road during peak periods.
When it is not operating as a clearway, people would be able to use it for car parking.
“It’s important we support the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s new bus service which launched today that sees an increase in the number and frequency of buses using Cameron Road,” says transport committee chair councillor Rick Curach.
“Public transport is an essential part of our city’s transport solution. If we don’t support public transport, the city’s traffic congestion will only get worse. This type of infrastructure will help to make bus trips more reliable.”
From December this year, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council will increase the number and frequency of buses using Cameron Road.
- From the CBD to 11th Avenue there will be 20 buses per hour on Cameron Road at peak times.
- Between 11th Avenue and the hospital there will be 15 buses per hour at peak times.
- TCC are supporting these new bus services by looking for ways to give buses a clear run along Cameron Road wherever possible.
How can council make bus trips more reliable along Cameron Road?
As a first step, TCC are exploring potential options to create a peak time bus clearway from the city centre to Tauranga Hospital.
- The clearway would be a lane reserved for buses to use in the morning and evening peak periods.
- When it is not operating as a clearway, people can use it for car parking.
This option has some design challenges, particularly around safety for people who ride bikes along Cameron Road.
There is potential to put a cycleway on the existing footpath.
All of this requires more work.
The Transportation Committee considered some initial options on 10 December 2018, and there will be more investigation in 2019.
“We will make sure that businesses, schools and residents along Cameron Road are involved in these conversations,” says a statement on the council website.
More information on the report presented to the Transport Committee on 10 December 2018.
“In the long term we would hope to provide dedicated bus lanes and separated bike lanes right along Cameron Road; the challenge is how to make it a smooth transition.”
For more information see – www.tauranga.govt.nz/cameronroad