20 May 2020

Bay of Plenty Regional Council has welcomed news that construction on the Tauranga Northern Link is scheduled to start later this year.

The project is expected to be completed by late 2025 and will include priority lanes for public transport.

Regional Transport Committee Chairman Cr Lyall Thurston says the Tauranga Northern Link will help make the roads safer, less congested and more sustainable.

He says the work will create a large number of jobs for the region which is much needed as the country recovers from COVID-19.

“We continue to support local and district councils with their identified projects and priorities and Regional recovery must be co-developed in collaboration with people from all sectors of the community.”

The Tauranga Northern Link corridor is a key part of the Bay of Plenty’s SmartGrowth strategy and has all consenting and route designation completed.

The $478 million project will construct a 6.8km four-lane corridor connecting SH29 with SH2, with priority for public transport and a walking and cycling path.