Posted by Murray Grainger
The February 2 meeting of the Bay Of Plenty Regional Council, Regional Transport Committee has produced a priority list of transport issues.
“Number 1 ranking has gone to a $ 368 million project at Tauriko ( $ 236 million to be spent in the next 6 years )
Number 6 rank is $ 99 million for safety improvements on SH2 (Waihi – Tga )
Number 11 rank is Te Puna – Omokoroa , land purchases, but no construction starting in next 6 years
Number 15 is Katikati Bypass ( now known as Katikati urban ) – again land purchase budget, but no construction budget in next 6 years.”
This proposal means any improvement to SH2/Omokoroa Rd intersection and any improvement to traffic flow from Omokoroa to Tauranga is now at least 10 years away.
Read all 134 pages here https://www.boprc.govt.nz/media/708981/supporting-document-draft-bay-of-plenty-regional-land-transport-plan-2018.pdf
Labour’s Minister of Transport, Phil Twyford, is also downgrading safety improvements (to fifth on the list) in a letter to the Transport Committee – see screenshot below. (GPS = Government Policy Statement on Transport)
The full letter is in the meeting Agenda
Submissions to the Regional Transport Committee on this priority list are open from 19 Feb to 23 March with hearings on 11-12 April 2018. I cannot find the details on where or how to submit but hopefully that information will appear on the Regional Council website.