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Links Avenue Safety Improvements

We are making changes to Links Avenue to create a more welcoming and safer environment for the community.

Improving Road Conditions

To improve safety for all road users using Links Avenue, we plan to start road condition work in mid-April 2024, weather dependent. The work will be done in 250m sections and include: 

  • rebuilding the road surface with concrete and asphalt
  • upgrading small sections of the footpath
  • putting in kerb blocks to protect cycle lanes
  • landscaping

We’ll be working from Monday to Saturday, mostly between 7am and 7pm. Some activities might produce noise and dust.

Traffic Management
Stop/Go traffic management may be in place during the work. We will keep one side of the road and footpath open to allow movement through the work area. Only residents will have access via the road. Please follow the instructions given by the Traffic Management staff.

Parking and Cars
Access to your property will be limited for 24 hours while concrete sets. Parking will be provided on the opposite side of the street, and pedestrians can cross the pathway with the help of Traffic Management Staff. You will receive advance notice, and the changes will only impact your property once.

Please help us by moving any vehicles parked close to the work area to prevent any staining or damage to vehicles.

Cul-de-Sac Cameras
From 13 April to 13 May 2024, signs will be covered, and cameras will not be monitored to improve residents' access.

Buses
All public buses will be diverted around Links Avenue from 13 April to 13 May 2024. Bus services can be accessed on Golf Road or Concorde Avenue. For more information visit, Full Closure of Links Avenue - 14th April to 13th May 2024.

School bus services remain unchanged, and buses will enter and exit from Golf Road.

Rubbish Collection
Please continue to take your bin out as normal. The kerbside collection company works with our team to ensure they still empty your bins.

Interim Safety Improvements

Improving safety for students travelling along Links Avenue has been our priority for some time. We have investigated many options, including feedback from the Links Avenue panel.

We took all the feedback and information we got and put together a transitional plan. A transitional approach is temporary and allows us to see what works best for the community before putting in place permanent changes.
Tauranga City Council commissioners approved the design for the interim safety improvements on 26 February 2024.

The approved improvements for Links Avenue include:

  • relocating specific bus stops and shelters
  • providing protection or barrier for the existing southbound cycle lane
  • new traffic calming thresholds
  • new concrete planters at the school entrance
  • low-maintenance garden verges at street intersections

You can view the transitional plan and detailed design plans here:

Links Avenue Transitional Plans

Links Avenue Interim Safety Improvement Design (14mb pdf)

Links Avenue Interim Safety Improvement Detailed Design (4.9mb pdf)

These improvements will be rolled out while the road upgrade work is completed, weather permitting. We'll work from Monday to Saturday, with most activities between 7am and 7pm. Some work might produce noise and dust.

Traffic Management
Stop/Go traffic management may be in place during the work. Please follow the instructions given by the Traffic Management Staff.

Parking and Cars
Please help us by moving any vehicles parked close to the work area to prevent any staining or damage to vehicles.

Rubbish Collection
Please continue to take your bin out as normal. The kerbside collection company works with our team to ensure they still empty your bins.

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.

Stay informed

To keep up to date, you can visit this web page for the latest news, or please sign up for the Tauranga City Councils Weekly Bulletin for news on Links Avenue and other projects.

If you have any questions or concerns about the project, please email us at linksavenue@tauranga.govt.nz.

FAQ's

We are working towards creating a safer street that enables people and children to have the option to move independently and safely on bikes, on foot, on scooters or catching the bus.

For buses to be an attractive and viable option for transportation, the design of bus stop spacing should consider passenger demand. Research has shown that bus stops are needed more frequently in residential areas, and the distance between stops should be no less than 250m but no more than 400m. The placement of crossings is determined by the natural flow of traffic and the demand for pedestrians to cross at certain points. Moving some bus stops is also needed to improve visibility between approaching traffic and people crossing at the new pedestrian crossings.

Pedestrian crossings are placed in places that make it safer and easier for children, adults or people using mobility scooters or wheelchairs to cross the road.

We value the feedback from the community and postponed the upgrades, except those needed for the new pedestrian crossings.

Currently, there are time restrictions in place for Links Avenue for only a minimal number of hours. The avenue is accessible on weekends with a speed limit of 30km/h, while weekday restrictions apply.

From 15 December 2023, weekday access will change to 7am to 10am and 2pm to 4pm. Emergency vehicles, buses, bikes, and motorbikes can use this area anytime.

A cul-de-sac was implemented due to significant safety concerns for school students. The safety issues were confirmed as part of an independent, safe system audit of Links Avenue undertaken by specialist road safety experts. The safety report confirmed that Links Avenue had an unsafe road layout for young people, especially with high volumes of traffic using Links Avenue. Due to these safety concerns, the council decided to make a change.

Reducing the impact for directly affected residents living on Links Avenue or a connecting street such as between Golf Road and Concord Avenue has continually been explored. Unfortunately, all the potential solutions ran into operational or regulatory constraints.

A recent development has provided a glimmer of hope. The Ministry of Transport has passed new legislation called “Reshaping Streets” that can potentially eliminate some of the regulatory obstacles that may come with some of the possible solutions. We are reviewing the legal and technical options and plan to share them with you in the coming year or earlier.

Key information

Project type
Transport and movement
Community

Status
Underway

Neighbourhood
Mount Maunganui/Arataki

Key dates

  • The cul-de-sac is implemented

    March 2022
  • Bus lanes removed along Links Avenue

    March 2022—December 2022
  • Links Avenue opens on weekends

    From June 2023
  • Spur Avenue — T Intersection

    October — November 2023
  • New time restriction implemented - weekdays 7am to 10am and 2pm to 4pm

    December 2023
  • Road upgrade work

    Mid-April - June 2024
  • Interim transitional safety Improvements

    Start mid-April - June 2024

Who's listening

Transportation Team
Tauranga City Council

linksavenue@tauranga.govt.nz 
07 577 7000

Other ways to get involved

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