A new Regional Land Transport Plan for Taranaki is currently under development. Public consultation has closed and a hearing will be held in June.
On this page:
Pieces of the big jigsaw
The Communities views have been on these issues in particular:
Our suggested vision is this: A vibrant, resilient and connected region, with safe roads enhancing liveable places.
See more about our proposed vision, objectives and targets: www.trc.govt.nz/transport-vision(external link)
Our Draft Regional Land Transport Plan lists major upcoming roading projects in this order of funding priority:
- Safety improvements on the Bell Block-to-Waitara section of SH3, including realignment of Airport Drive to meet a new roundabout at the De Havilland Drive intersection.
- Safety improvements on SH3 and SH3A between New Plymouth and Hāwera.
- New Plymouth Coastal Pathway extension from Bell Block to Waitara.
- Traffic signals at the intersection of Coronation Avenue (SH3) and Cumberland Street, New Plymouth.
- Walking/cycling underpass on SH45 at Wairau Road.
Traffic signals at the intersection of Vivian Street and Morley Street (SH45), New Plymouth.
Traffic signals at the SH3-Henwood Road interchange at Bell Block.
- Brecon Road Extension, Stratford.
When this list is finalised, it will be presented to the Government for inclusion in the next funding round.
We believe we need to start planning now to ensure our transport networks are as resilient as possible, given what lies ahead of us:
- With climate change, we can expect more severe storms and winds that can cause significant damage to roads, highways and other infrastructure. And rising sea levels will have a relatively small impact on SH3 north and SH45. There is also the ever-present possibility of earthquakes and volcanic eruption. Given what funding is available, can we respond to these issues proactively, rather than reactively?
- Climate change also highlights the need for a more sustainable transport system which will bring significant changes to the way ourselves and our goods move from one place to another. This will affect everybody – households, communities, workplaces. It’s not just an issue for transport planners and funders. Our current networks consume large amounts of non-renewable resources such as land, aggregates and fuel. Future congestion issues will have to be managed with measures to alter travel demand, rather than reaching for an engineering solution. And the Climate Change Commission proposes a halving of transport emissions by 2035, to be achieved with the adoption of electric vehicles and by changing travel behaviour. Regional work is well under way in this space through the Taranaki 2050 initiative.
- The design of our network is outdated. Our roads and highways weren’t originally designed for vehicles of the size and weight that use them today. This is already an issue in forestry areas, and efforts are already under way to move logs on to rail wherever possible.
- Much of our roading infrastructure is at the end of its life. A large number of bridges, retaining walls and culverts will need costly replacement within the next few years. Their value needs careful assessment.
We believe that addressing these issues is likely to require significant public funding (from ratepayers and taxpayers) as well as potentially profound changes in the way we all use transport networks in our daily lives, at home and at work.
The Taranaki Trails Trust has done some great work collating information and mapping current bike trails, those under development and those on the ‘wish lists’ of local councils or community groups.
There’s a small version of the map on this page, but you can get a better view online, and also download it in PDF format.
Please note that decisions on individual projects will be made by local councils after they’ve consulted their own communities.
See a big bike-trail map online:
Download the bike-trail map as a PDF:
www.bit.ly/bike-map-2021 [PDF, 830 KB]
Taranaki Trails Trust website: