Project Summary

What we're doing

We are planning some changes to Rifle Range Road to make it easier and safer for people to bike and walk.

The upgrades include:

  • separated bike lanes on both sides of Rifle Range Road, protecting people on bikes from traffic
  • raised safety platforms on Aberdeen Drive and Weka Street intersections to slow down turning vehicles, making it safer for pedestrians and people on bikes
  • two new signalised and raised crossings near to Aberfoyle Street and Aberdeen Drive, to manage the speed of vehicles and help people cross safely
  • moving the on-street parking from the western side of Rifle Range Road between St Columba’s Catholic School and Railside Place to the eastern side
  • line marking for on-street parking outside Swarbrick Park and Frankton School, to maximise the number of parking spaces
  • retention of parking on the western side of Rifle Range Road from Walker Terrace to Aberfoyle Street.

Why we're doing it

Rifle Range Road is a high priority route in Hamilton’s citywide bike network plan, linking Dinsdale and Frankton to Maeroa and Forest Lake. We also want to create an environment where children from the four schools in the area can bike and walk more freely and independently.

This project is funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Transport Choices programme, which will help create a connected network across the city, supporting Council’s move to a low emissions transport system in response to climate change.

This project will

  • Provide safer place to bike or walk

  • Better connectivity to citywide bike network

  • Maximise parking spaces

Where are we at

  • Stage 1 - Planning

    September 2023

    Public feedback has closed, and the project has moved to the design phase. It will be considered by the Council’s Infrastructure and Transport Committee for…
  • Stage 2 - Underway

    January 2024

    With final design and construction approval from Waka Kotahi, we expect work to begin in January 2024.
  • Stage 3 - Completed

    July 2024

    Our goal is to complete the project by July 2024. All projects in the Transport Choices programme will be completed by July 2024.

Frequently asked questions

How much will all this cost and how can council afford it?

Transport Choices projects are funded up to 90% by the Climate Emergency Response Fund (CERF), not taxpayer or road user charges. Councils fund the balance of project costs. Funding for Transport Choices is administered by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. The budget for this project is $3.5 million. Council’s share is $350,000.

What considerations are there for people with disabilities?

The upgrades will make it safer for people with disabilities to travel around the area, and make it easier to catch the bus to travel to other parts of the city.

Raised safety platforms on Aberdeen Drive and Weka Street will provide a level pathway from one side to the other, making it easier for wheelchair users to safely cross.

Is this work part of NZTA’s State Highway 1C project?

No, that is a different project that NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi (NZTA) has been working on, to improve safety at the Norton Road roundabout. This project is currently paused to enable further discussion with Government about direction on Road to Zero, and the new Government Policy Statement on Land Transport. A decision is expected in February 2024.

Who uses the bus stops on Rifle Range Road?

There are two bus stops on Rifle Range Road that are only used by Frankton Primary School and St Columba’s Catholic School. Waikato Regional Council bus services, such as the Meteor, all stop on Massey Street.


The bus stop outside Frankton Primary School is not an in-lane bus stop. 

The bus stop outside St Columba’s Catholic Primary School is in-lane. This stop is only used by one Ministry of Education bus service each afternoon and there is a median strip that gives the ability for drivers to move around the bus. We do not expect there to be any impact on traffic.

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Last updated 12 December 2023