Preferred option and early design
Between February and April 2023, Council engaged with the community on three short list options which focused on making improvements for the different ways that people travel, how we use public spaces, and how to help buses move along Cameron Road more reliably.
The outcome of our technical assessments, feedback from our partners – mana whenua, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and Bay of Plenty Regional Council – as well as our communities helped us develop a preferred option that combined elements from all three short list options.
We have now developed an early design that includes many features that will be consistent across the area from 17th Avenue, through Gate Pā and Greerton Village, to Cheyne Road, Pyes Pā.
We also recognise that different areas of the corridor have different requirements. The early design has divided the corridor into five distinct communities so that key changes proposed in each community can be easily identified.
Key features across the area are:
- The history of Cameron Road and Te Papa peninsula woven into the design to enhance awareness and understanding of the past.
- Continuing the two-way cycleway along the length of Cameron Road with a planted or paved buffer providing separation from the traffic lanes where space allows to improve safety.
- Widening footpaths where space permits, with additional crossing points to create greater connections for the community that live in the area and either side of the road.
- More planting to make Cameron Road more attractive, as well as connect with the history of the peninsula.
- For much of the corridor, each side of Cameron Road will have a general traffic lane and a bus lane initially in peak time. It is expected that the bus lane will have limited hours of operation in the short-term, enabling it to continue as parking or another general traffic lane out of peak time.
- More intersections will be signalised to improve safety. Existing major intersections are expected to remain largely unchanged.
- Additional signalised crossings that make it safer to cross the road, improving access for pedestrians and cyclists.
- Stormwater treatment to reduce contaminants getting into the wider ecosystem and estuary. Treatment may be through specialist treatment devices, planting and rain gardens.
See the early design here
What area are we looking at?
For Stage 2, we are looking at the area that includes Cameron Road from 17th Avenue to Cheyne Road, Pyes Pā, while also acknowledging the cultural connection to Te Ranga.
With the area’s unique features in mind, we are looking at improvements in five key areas along Cameron Road.
- Tauranga South
- Pukehinahina/Gate Pā
- Gate Pā South
- Maarawaewae/Pyes Pā
Short list options
We asked for feedback on three short list options with a focus on specific outcomes that can improve Cameron Road. All of the options provide for one general traffic lane in each direction and cycling facilities all the way along Cameron Road. There are benefits and compromises for each option, such as creating more space for buses or walking or cycling by reducing space for street greening or parking in certain areas.
Examples of the three different options we looked at:
Cameron Road Stage 2 - Examples of proposed changes and focuses (785kb pdf)
This summary report captures community feedback on the options.