Public Information Day – Hamilton North and Hamilton North
On April 23 the NZ Transport Agency held an information day at the Horsham Downs Community Hall. The proposal to connect the Horsham Downs community and Resolution Drive to the Hamilton section of the Waikato Expressway was presented. As part of this the Transport Agency is proposing to stop Osborne Road on either side of the expressway and provide alternative walking and cycling connections, in consultation with the Horsham Downs community.
Feedback on this has now closed and the project team are currently collating the responses.
The proposal to stop Osborne Road and extend Resolution Drive to the expressway and across to Horsham Downs road is subject to the designation process which will be publically notified and people are encouraged to participate in the process.
More details on this process will be provided once a timeline is confirmed.
When complete the Waikato Expressway will be the key strategic transport corridor for the Waikato region, connecting Auckland to the agricultural and business centres of Waikato and Bay of Plenty. The Expressway will improve economic growth and productivity through more efficient movement of people and freight.
Other benefits include:
- reducing travel times between Auckland and Tirau by 35 minutes
- reducing significantly the number of fatal and serious injury crashes
- reducing fuel costs
- reducing traffic congestion within smaller communities like Huntly, Ngaruawahia and Cambridge
- increasing the highway's capacity and passing opportunities.
The Hamilton section will:
- Connect the Ngaruawahia section of the Expressway, completed in late 2013, to the Cambridge section, due for completion in late 2016.
- Reduce traffic congestion and improve safety on Hamilton’s local road network by significantly reducing through traffic.
The Waikato Expressway will be 102km in length running from the Bombay Hills to South of Cambridge. It will provide for two lanes of traffic in each direction divided by a central barrier with local roads and interchanges generally serviced by bridges and underpasses.
The graphics here illustrate the designation associated with the Hamilton section of the Waikato Expressway as at 1 July 2014. The designation is still subject to final confirmation.
Please note that documents associated with securing the necessary designation to accommodate an interchange at Ruakura has been lodged and is currently on hold, dependent on the outcome of the Board of Inquiry into Tainui Group Holding’s proposed development plans in the Ruakura area. It is expected that this process will be taken off hold and the process resumed once the draft decision is released, expected in early August. If the interchange does goes ahead, it is anticipated that some change will be required in that area.