Alleviating Tauranga traffic congestion

Collaboration is the key to solving Tauranga’s traffic woes, says BOPRC. File Photo.

A coordinated and holistic approach is being taken to help improve Tauranga's congestion and make it easier to get around, according to the chair of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council public transport committee.

Collaboration, says Bay of Plenty Regional Councillor Lyall Thurston, is key.

He is pleased to see Tauranga City Council discussing the issue of parking in the Tauranga CBD at a recent council meeting.

“Parking in the CBD was one of the many issues discussed at a workshop we recently hosted, where representatives from Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Tauranga City Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Rotorua Lakes Council, NZ Transport Agency and Smartgrowth got together and looked at the big transport issues for the region.”

Lyall says the workshop focused on the flexible and adaptive process required so that short term public transport decisions could be made and implemented within the long term goals.

“It was great to get all parties around the table to discuss ideas, short-term operational requirements and learnings from outside the sub-region.”

This included particular public transport-focused themes such as bus lanes, cycle friendly bus improvements such as bike racks and bike parking, and increased high frequency services. 

“We also discussed issues which contribute to the broader issue of easing congestion and making it easier to get around, such as increased parking charges and reduced parking areas in the CBD, expanding zone 1 and 2 parking areas, and removing or significantly reducing free parking on the Tauranga CBD fringe.

“The Regional Council will continue to facilitate this collaborative approach to enable effective planning for our communities on public transport options that transcend our operational boundaries.”

Over the next few months the Regional Council will also facilitate community information and feedback sessions to enable the public to provide input into the Western Bay public transport blueprint.


Do we........

Posted on 10-03-2017 23:03 | By groutby

......have town planners?..........or just contracotrs with an "agenda" ??

The comments here

Posted on 09-03-2017 13:55 | By Anbob

Are all right on! Too little too late. Town planners make you laugh, they espouse housing demand, traffic volumes are exceeding Councils long term modelling / assumptions. In laymans terms that means they have stuffed up, made poor assumptions and have done too little too late to allow for city growth! Too busy worrying about parking, museums, offices, tidal stairs and not enough work on crucial infrastructure. The public could see it coming, why couldnt the town planners or councillors! What worse is some get commendations for their mismanagement!! Less committees and meetings and more action is required.

golly gosh

Posted on 08-03-2017 15:51 | By old trucker

To STOP Congestion,they should take the traffic lights off, (away) at the Bridge Marina,and have a free left turn and go up to fert works and come back,same other way go to Chapel st,.and come back,it was like this when building the road,all the BIG RIGS that have to stop to let one car out is STUPID,the cost of stopping and starting is expensive, when they could have been at the Port turn off, also there should be NO right turn off the over bridge into Aerodrome Rd,should come off Maunganui rd to Newton rd RND About then upto areodrome off Newton,that is SILLYstopping 60 ton trucks at the bottom of ramp,also make it ONEWAY off Hewllets rd Left into Aerodrome Rd and come out at Jean Batten drive,and leave lights on for xtra minute,Gosh NZTA might think this is a good idea,dont think YEAH RIGHT,Sunlive thanks 10-4.

Brainless agenda's

Posted on 08-03-2017 15:40 | By rastus

Agenda 21 is obviously alive and very well - what a load of bovine excreta this mob are - common sense has told us for at least twenty years that we need more parking in the CBD - all the academic BS of counting up the number of car-parks theoretically available in the greater city area and then doing magic sums using mirrors to say we have enough so we can afford to remove parking areas does not help the CBD one jot - but of coarse that is their objective - get everyone on a bike or in a bus and we don't need car-parks - well get a life you useless academics and if you look at the reality you will find that the motor car is still going to be the preferred mode of transport for at least the next 30 to 40 years.


Posted on 08-03-2017 15:36 | By morepork

... would I shop in the CBD when I can do so at the Mount, Bethlehem, or Greerton without having to worry about parking charges? Parking meters do NOT help congestion in cities. In London, people were being charged $NZ5 for 15 minutes; it didn't ease the congestion in Victoria, where i lived. I love Tauranga and I wouldn't live anywhere else, but the CBD is being destroyed by short-sighted and incompetent Town Planning. By all means, get together and discuss it, but DO something about it and let's have some innovation and imagination instead of hoary old chestnuts that have been seen to not work...


Posted on 08-03-2017 13:12 | By Jimmy

approach to traffic, how "rainbow" sounding is that, all self righteous vehicles will be covering their exhausts in fear!


Posted on 08-03-2017 12:15 | By Astoreth

There is no CBD parking problem, because for most people, there is no real need to go there. It's damned-near a ghost town!The real issues are around non-existent planning on the arterial routes. Need some examples? How about the development at Omokoroa when SH2 is already clogged. Or the roundabout at Tauriko servicing the Lakes - there clearly need to be an interchange there. And as for the SH29/Cambridge Road intersection, don't get me started! The TEL is great, but why does there have to be a roundabout at the eastern end?

Conflict of interest?

Posted on 08-03-2017 10:55 | By Accountable

It appears that lyall Thurston is not a man of intelligence. He obviously never ventures into the Tauranga CBD to view the damage parking charges and the removal of hundreds of car parks have done to the City Center. If the parking charges were to be increased the results would favour every other shopping center in Tauranga that has free parking on offer. Maybe Lyall has shares in Bayfair and the new Tauranga crossing shopping centers? Tauranga CBD is struggling to stay afloat and increasing parking charges is one sure way of sinking it even further. Surely Crosby hasn't forgotten that already?

Extra traffic woes..

Posted on 08-03-2017 10:33 | By chrissie

Most early morning traffic is workers heading into the city for work. Not shopping. TECT relocated = 400 extra people travelling into and out of the city on a daily basis. More high office blocks are being built = more people working in central city = congestion. I support free school buses, plus light rail from North and east railway lines for transporting passengers into the city. Use Baypark for parking, as well as new facilities further East. Make it easy and efficient to move people in and out of the city. Too little, too late until the problem is beyond repair! City council - you have allowed for city expansion but without the foresight of future problems which come with it. Only 3 lanes into the city from the East. Yes, just 3!!!! No wonder there is a squeeze every day!!


Posted on 08-03-2017 10:29 | By Mein Fuhrer

Some common sense town planning and stop giving licences to morons

Talk, talk

Posted on 08-03-2017 10:17 | By rosbo

More meetings and discussions, and when those are over, have another discussion! Meanwhile, nobody makes any decisions, and if they do, they discover there is no money to do anything anyway. Provides employment I suppose.

Great Headline

Posted on 08-03-2017 09:59 | By thebrads6

Started with alleviating congestion but 90% of the article was about PARKING! I suppose me being stuck in a traffic jam can be counted as parked

what ....

Posted on 08-03-2017 09:21 | By Kaimai

A holistic approach to traffic congestion ????.... sounds like a talkfest to me, especially when I'm sitting in traffic congestion. How about the town planners start town planning.

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