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Parton Road roundabout

Whakahounga kōpae ara ki Parton me Tara Rori

Parton Road and Tara Road roundabout safety upgrade

To make the Parton Road and Tara Road Road roundabout safer for everyone, we're adding upgrades to improve safety for people walking or cycling, and school children.

Historically a thoroughfare, the area surrounding the Parton Road/Tara Road roundabout is transforming, with more shops and a growing number of people living nearby. More people on the move on foot or by bike is adding to existing issues with speed and people (often school children) crossing the road.

To improve safety for people walking or cycling, and school children in the area, we will be installing signalised, shared crossings on all four roads entering the roundabout. This will help create a calmer, safer environment for all road users.

Night closures at the roundabout – 3 to 7 December 2023

To safely construct the raised crossings, closures are required. To reduce the effects on traffic, this work is planned at night between 8pm and 5am.

If you’re driving through the area during the closures:

  • Tara Road/Te Okuroa Drive night closures
    3, 4 and 5 December – 8pm to 5am

Traffic to and from Te Okuroa Drive will be diverted via Pāpāmoa Beach Road using Montiicola Drive and Golden Sands Drive.

From the motorway, traffic can use Domain Road to get into Pāpāmoa, and traffic to Te Puke can use Parton Road, Bell Road and Te Puke Highway.

  • Parton Road North and South night closures
    6 and 7 December – 8pm to 5am

Traffic into and out of Pāpāmoa will be diverted via either Domain Road, Pāpāmoa Beach Road or Tara Road/Te Okuroa Drive.

This work is weather dependent and rain could see it postponed at short notice. Digital signs in the area will keep residents informed.

Parton Road roundabout

Parton Road map 2

We appreciate drivers’ patience with these works and our crew

What we're doing

As part of this project, we will be installing four signalised shared crossings with centre islands on all four legs of the roundabout; Tara Road, Parton Road North and South and Te Okuroa Drive. We are also:

  • Relocating the Tara Road bus stop and adding a new bus shelter
  • Installing CCTV cameras
  • Installing drainage, new kerbs and channels
  • Installing traffic islands, footpaths and cycle ramps 
  • Landscaping, adding low-level planting.

Work starts late October and is expected to be completed by Christmas 2023. To keep everyone safe during construction, temporary lane closures will apply.

What will this mean for commuters?

When not in use, the new raised shared crossings will slow traffic down which increases safety in the approach of the roundabout. Once lights are activated, traffic will stop for thirty seconds at a time, allowing pedestrians and cyclists to cross safely. These changes provide safer travel options for everyone, including people walking, cycling and school children in the area. We anticipate a minute or two will be added to drivers’ overall journey time at times.

For people cycling, scootering, busing or walking to work or school via the area, this should help you get to where you’re going more safely.

Parton Road - Tara Road Roundabout

Parton Road roundabout plans (1.35mb pdf)

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The area around the Parton Road/Tara Road roundabout is growing rapidly - residential development is scheduled at Pāpāmoa Junction, while at the same time we’re seeing growing offering in retail shops, health centres and medical offices in close proximity.

This means we need to anticipate an increase in people walking or cycling in the area, which adds to existing issues with speed and people (mostly school children) crossing the road.

Changes here are outpacing the construction of the Pāpāmoa East Interchange, which is scheduled to be complete early 2026. 

With additional residential development in the area, adding to existing challenges around speed and people crossing the road, it’s important we improve safety for people walking, cycling and school children sooner rather than later.

A small number of minor accidents have been formally reported in the area. However, reports from people working in the area consistently refer to observing dangerous situations involving speeding cars and people crossing the road on a very regular basis. In the last year, a student was hit by a car but thankfully not seriously hurt.

Knowing that more people will live here and want to move around, exacerbating these existing issues, we need to act before more serious accidents happen. 

Once activated, a red light for traffic and the window for people crossing takes approximately 30 seconds. Sensors are installed however, to extend that time if a person needs more time to cross.

There is not enough room for a foot bridge. It also wouldn’t be a viable solution on all feeders roads of the roundabout.

Key information

Project type
Transport and movement


Pāpāmoa / Pāpāmoa East

Key dates

  • Detailed design

    September 2023
  • Procurement of contractor

    Early October 2023
  • Start of construction

    Late October 2023
  • Work complete

    Mid December 2023

Who's listening

Transport Team
Tauranga City Council

Phone: 07 577 7000


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