15 organisations recently signed a letter to the Minister of Transport asking for the project to be fixed. See that letter here.
We are calling for an independent review to determine a better design that:
– is safer
– promotes better traffic flow for all users (without as many lights)
– delivers faster, more reliable public transport services
– reduces carbon emissions
– includes a safe cycleway on both sides of road (no shared paths)
– incorporates better placemaking, including tree-lined footpaths
A previous letter was sent to the Minister on 14 September 2021, following the release of information about the project under the Official Information Act and LGOIMA.
A leading NZ transport safety expert analysed the project for us and his review is here.
The Official Information release included this Memo from Waka Kotahi NZTA to Tauranga City Council 3 May 2021.
Also this feedback from BOP Regional Council on 15 July 2021… only a couple of weeks before Tauranga City Council released this design to the public.
We also received with a large number of emails and documents that show this design is not fit for purpose.