Transport projects discussed in council meeting

Greerton Village Project was also discussed at the meeting.

Tauranga City Council is looking into a recommendation of reopening the Welcome Bay slip lane.

This comes after two transport projects were discussed in the projects, services and operations committee meeting on Tuesday.

Consultants from Aurecon, Stantec and Beca presented an independent review on the Welcome Bay Lane and an advisor from GHD shared an independent review on the Greerton Village Project.

The reviews focussed on respectively the re-opening of the slip lane and the options to improve traffic flows in Greerton, says a spokesperson for the council.

This information is now public and can be accessed via Tauranga City Council’s website (

In summary the following recommendations were carried by the projects, services & operations committee and the subsequent next steps were identified:

Welcome Bay Lane
That the Committee:

  1.   •  Receives report DC118 titled Review of Welcome Bay Lane and the presentations from consultants;

  2.   •  Notes the review recommendations from consultants that there is no safe temporary option, that the safest option is for Welcome Bay Lane to remain closed, and that improvements be provided at the traffic signals for cyclists and left turns;

  3.   •  Agrees to pursue reopening the slip lane by implementing Option 3, and that performance evaluation and monitoring of Option 3 improvements be undertaken with a view to progressing to Option 5;

  4.   •  Agrees to undertake educational activities for school children through Tauranga City Council’s Travel Safe Programme, and other cycle advocacy groups; and

  5.   •  Notes that discussions with NZTA will be progressed in relation to provision of funding approval prior to commencement of construction.

Next steps & timing

  1.   •  Define the extent of the works.

  2.   •  Work on preliminary Design.

  3.   •  Safety Audit Process.

  4.   •  Detailed Design.

  5.   •  Procurement/Pricing of the works.

  6.   •  Approval by TCC/NZTA to proceed.

  7.   •  Construction

Note: the above steps are expected to take 4-5 months.

Greerton Village Project
That the Committee:

  1.   •  Receives report DC117 titled Review of Greerton Village Project and the consultant presentation, noting that staff will report back with proposed next steps.

Next steps & timing
In a next meeting, staff will report with a plan on how to potentially progress any physical works and engage with the community.

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Greerton Village

Posted on 15-05-2019 20:26 | By Kaimai

Love it "Recommendations That the Committee: • Receives report...." I’ve got another recommendation - ditch the report, ditch the people that wrote the report - not once has anyone consulted me, a tenant in Greerton, not once did anyone consult with me prior to the changes either. It’s a fiasco, politely!

not really

Posted on 15-05-2019 19:49 | By allabouteverything

The opening line is misleading. The independent consultants did NOT recommend opening the slip-road. They reported on the scoped brief given to them (see meeting agenda) on ’How can we open the slip-road’. The question of ’should we’ was not included, despite the previous reports not supporting the re-opening addressing congestion. The presenters reiterated a number of times the opening will not reduce the congestion. The advisor re Greerton was pretty straight up about the brief for the Greerton project being too narrow and too short-term hence its ’failing’. Seems a thread of Council setting the wrong parameters. Maybe if the gratuitous thanking amongst the members was less they would have heard much more of both experts key messages

More nothingness

Posted on 15-05-2019 10:18 | By Lvdw

so in summary, a lot more nothingness! Devoid of any responsibility. fantastic, just fantastic.

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