It is time to revisit the unplanned Hairini bus lane introduction. Even when a bus does use the bus lane, they will be basically empty and, in the meantime, the diverted traffic is adding to the congestion at the Maungatapu roundabout end.
Both directions of the highway are congested. The $45 million tunnel was sold by Transit NZ to clear their highway!
Then they agree to shutting the Hairini road and allowing TCC to put in a bus lane – a terrible decision and a waste of asphalt. It is time to admit a mistake has been made and return the road for purpose. There are no safety issues, just propaganda to achieve the desires of TCC’s transport department.
Maybe sometime in the future, when Tauranga’s population reaches one million, this will all make sense, but not until then
W Sedcole, Maungatapu.