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Project introduction

The key deliverables for the SH2 corridor between Waihi and Tauranga are to dramatically improve safety and provide improved transport choices for the growing communities and visitors travelling into Tauranga.

  • Estimated project cost

    $100+ million
  • Project type

    Road improvements

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October 2018 – Re-evaluation complete

The Transport Agency has released plans for the SH2 corridor between Waihi and Tauranga. This prioritises the Government’s vision for a safer transport network free of death and injury, accessible and affordable transport, value for money and reduced emissions.

The focus is to improve safety in the short and medium term as well as planning for future population growth.

The plans include:

  • Waihi to Omokoroa – continue delivering the $101 million safety package and investigate enhanced safety improvements for delivery
  • Katikati urban centre – investigate targeted online improvements, and develop and implement an operations plan to better manage seasonal peak period/events
  • Omokoroa to Te Puna – update the business case to revisit online safety options for delivery, prepare for pre-implementation and implementation stages, investigate short to medium term online corridor safety improvements for delivery, including the Omokoroa intersection safety improvements
  • Tauranga Northern Link – develop and implement a transport system operating strategy and investment programme for the Northern corridor and city centre, commence pre-implementation including specimen design to encourage high occupancy vehicles via a new offline multi-modal route for public transport/high occupancy vehicles and general traffic
  • Network wide interventions include:
    • Undertaking online safety improvements, speed management and enforcement throughout the SH2 corridor
    • Developing a public transport improvement plan to provide greater access and transport choice.

The exact plans and timing are still being worked through, however we will not be starting from scratch. We will be using existing information from current business cases to inform our approaches. We understand the urgency needed on SH2 between Waihi and Te Puna and this work is being prioritised.

In December 2018, once the re-evaluations for all 12 corridors across the country are complete, we will consider in more detail the exact plans and timing for these projects including available funding. We’ll be coming back to the community and stakeholders with this detail in early-2019.

We appreciate the community’s patience as we’ve worked through this important re-evaluation process.

We are also undergoing a speed limit review of SH2 between Katikati and Bethlehem and will be consulting with the community on this before Christmas.

Section of the SH2 Waihi to Tauranga Corridor under investigation and design

Programme overview


Every three years, the government issues an investment strategy on the land transport system called the Government Policy Statement on land transport (GPS).

The GPS is a document that guides land transport investment over a ten-year period. Transport investments have long lead times, high costs and leave long legacies. Good transport investments therefore require careful planning to ensure that today’s transport network will be able to meet our future needs.

The GPS 2018 is committed to creating an efficient, modern and resilient transport system for New Zealand, across all transport modes and reflects this new approach through four clear priorities: a safer transport network free of death and injury, accessible and affordable transport, reduced emissions and value for money.

The Transport Agency supports the government priorities by investing in projects which improve walking, cycling and public transport facilities, and provides transport choices.

In April 2016, a $520 million transport investment programme was announced for SH2 between Waihi and Tauranga. Since then, the programme has been re-evaluated to align with the government’s objectives.

Government Policy Statement on land transport (GPS)(external link)
State highway project re-evaluations