These projects will
Reduce Hamilton’s transport emissions
Improve walkways, bike paths and bus services to connect the city
Improve the safety of our travel routes
Te kaunihera o Kirikiriroa
Learn about projects that will help reduce emissions and create a thriving city.
Programme City wide transport
We’re working towards a low-emission transport system with more ways for people to move around the city.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is covering 90% of the cost for a suite of walking, biking and public transport upgrades that will help us reduce transport emissions and make it easier for people to move around the city.
Until now, Hamilton Kirikiriroa has been geared towards one form of transport—cars—but this no longer works for the health of our community or our environment.
As the city keeps growing, it’s increasingly frustrating for those who drive—and it’s getting harder for people to travel any other way.
Exciting changes are coming to the intersection of Jellicoe Drive and Plunket Terrace to make this a safer and more accessible neighbourhood for everyone. These changes will enhance Hayes Paddock’s reputation as Hamilton’s best walkable and recreational neighbourhood destination.
There are two sets of changes on the table for feedback: road layout options and a new community space.
Two new road layout options
Option one: cul-de-sac
Option two: one way exit
The community space will be either 300m2 (if the cul-de-sac option is preferred) or 220m2 (if the one-way exit option is preferred).
The space will belong to the entire community and not for exclusive use by any one group or business and will link to the Wellington St Beach and River walkway via a pedestrian crossing. The space might have furniture, planter boxes, native trees/plants, fun things to do – we are looking for ideas from you.
This is an opportunity to enhance this public space and give back to the community as safety improvements are made to the intersection for cars, buses, pedestrians and cyclists that use this area.
The Y-intersection of Plunket Terrace and Jellicoe Drive has safety and accessibility issues including U-turns on the intersection, poor visibility of pedestrians, and high entry speeds into Plunket Terrace.
The project will provide the following improvements:
The bus stop relocation and upgrade will also be happening when new toilet/changing facilities for the Wellington Beach are upgraded in 2024.
This project – Hayes Paddock improvements – is receiving a total of $3.2m from CERF to complete the work by June 2024.
Feedback is open until 16 June.
We’re planning to make some changes to Horsham Downs Road (between Thomas Road and Moonlight Drive) to make it safer and more convenient for people to walk, bike and bus through the Horsham Downs area.
In Kirikiriroa, only 47% of people agree that public transport is reliable. This is the lowest of eight surveyed cities – including Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin.
We know that people are more likely to use public transport if it’s reliable. We also have a responsibility to provide a reliable service for the members of our community who are legally, physically or financially unable to drive.
Because of this, we’re planning to shift the bus stop out of the shopping centre and onto Horsham Downs Road to make it more reliable. This includes installing in-lane bus stops to help keep buses running on time.
Horsham Downs Road has also been identified as a key connection in our biking and micro-mobility network plan from Rototuna to Chartwell. With many schools in the Rototuna area, we want to create a safe environment that gives kids the ability to travel freely and independently to school.
Want to provide feedback about this project? Contact us
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is funding approximately 90% for the suite of projects. Their contribution is $33.2 million and Council will contribute an additional $3.8 million to bring the total package of projects to $37 million.
The Waka Kotahi funding comes from their Transport Choices programme which is part of the Government’s Climate Emergency Response Fund (CERF). Transport Choices supports councils to begin immediate work to develop safer, greener and healthier travel options.
The projects have been chosen because they address some unsafe and difficult areas along key routes, opening our streets for more people.
Walking, cycling and public transport upgrades are a key part of the council’s strategy to make the city more accessible. Our transport strategy, Access Hamilton—Ara Kootuitui Kirikiriroa, has a strong focus on improving safety and connectivity between suburbs as well as reducing emissions and pollution.
Last updated 22 May 2023