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Bus on Farm Street by Bayfair

Arataki bus hub upgrade

We are upgrading the Arataki bus hub and improving accessibility and safety in the area.

With over 50,000 bus passengers a month, Arataki is the second busiest bus hub in Tauranga, with many drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians also passing through the area to access schools and Bayfair Shopping Centre. We’ve heard the community’s calls for better shelters and a safer environment. Now is the time to improve this inadequate facility. An upgrade will make traveling by bus more efficient and more appealing and provide a friendlier welcome to, and departure from Arataki.

Improvements include:

  • Replacing existing Farm Street shelters with new high-quality, high-capacity shelters along each side of the road. These shelters will be modern, well lit, and feature decorative cultural elements from local hapū.
  • A new street furniture suite designed to reflect the area including open seating, bicycle parking and rubbish bins.
  • Raised pedestrian crossings, wider footpaths, and a shared path for safer access to and from the bus hub and Bayfair for cyclists, pedestrians, wheelchair users, skaters, and scooter riders.
  • Improved streetlights, and new CTTV monitoring to enhance visibility, safety and reduce crime.
  • Planting more trees for a greener and more beautiful neighbourhood with more shade.
  • New signage and information boards to help people get where they need to go, no matter how they’re travelling.

Staged approach

Work will be completed in two stages.

  • Stage 1 begins on the bus hub area on Farm Street in June 2024
  • Stage 2 wider accessibility and placemaking between Girven Road and Concord Avenue to follow, subject to funding.

Background

Since 2018 we’ve conducted exhaustive and comprehensive options analysis for possible locations, and several rounds of community consultation have been completed. These identified Farm Street as the preferred location for the bus hub. This is supported by both Bay of Plenty Regional Council (service provider) and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (funding partner).

The upgrade will complement other upcoming projects in Arataki such as a new signalised crossing for Girven Road, intersection improvements and new raised pedestrian crossings at Oceanbeach Road, Maranui Street, and Girven Road, and safety enhancements on Links Avenue.

FAQ

We’re working with Bay of Plenty Regional Council to investigate a new bus layover solution on Girven Road that could reduce the impact of current operations on the local community.

We’re partnering with

Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Waka Kotahi and mana whenua

The project is led by Tauranga City Council in partnership with Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Waka Kotahi and mana whenua.

Key information

Project type
Transport and movement

Status
Planning

Neighbourhood
Mount Maunganui / Arataki

Key dates

  • Bus stops installed on Farm Street

    June 2018
  • Business Case – investigating locations for the new facility

    November 2021
  • Community feedback on locations

    December 2021 – January 2022
  • Business case investigation and findings presented to Commissioners to identify preferred site and improvements

    May 2022
  • Farm Street design open for feedback

    August 3 2022
  • Review feedback and consider approach to business case development

    October 2022 – July 2023
  • Physical testing of pavement and services begins

    10 April 2024
  • Detailed design finalised and project goes to tender

    Late April 2024
  • Contractor approved

    May 2024
  • Stage 1 – Arataki bus hub upgrade begins

    June 2024
  • Stage 2 – Streetscape improvements and placemaking begins

    October 2024

Who's listening

Community Relations Team
Tauranga City Council

aratakibusfacility@tauranga.govt.nz 
07 577 7000

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