Expressway boost for Ti­rau

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - TA­MARA THORN

The Cam­bridge expressway has had a pos­i­tive im­pact on Ti­rau.

Since it opened last De­cem­ber, busi­ness have re­ported in­creased cus­tomers through their door.

The small in­creases were wel­comed even though it meant more traf­fic.

Carol Crocker from the Loose Goose said that the traf­fic had in­creased since the open­ing, but it had also brought a 5 per cent in­crease in busi­ness.

‘‘Anyone who stops and shops is good for the area,’’ she said.

Sub­way man­ager Navdeep Shaglani agreed, and said they’d seen an av­er­age in­crease in sales by 3 per cent since the expressway open­ing.

He said the roads were be­com­ing very busy with more traf­fic and tourists in the area.

‘‘There have been huge lines out the door and some­times it is hard for peo­ple to find a car park.’’

But it’s not just food joints feel­ing the im­pact – re­tail­ers and petrol sta­tions have also ben­e­fited.

Jassi Singh works at Cal­tex and said that busi­ness had taken off – week­ends were ex­tremely busy.

‘‘All the traf­fic comes off the high­way and stops here,’’ he said.

Cam­bridge petrol sta­tions used to be ex­tremely busy, but since the expressway has been put in Ti­rau is busier be­cause of all traf­fic com­ing di­rectly from Hamil­ton.

‘‘Sum­mer will be crazy’’, Singh said, with the amount of peo­ple trav­el­ling to places such as Ro­torua and Taupo, es­pe­cially with tourists.

Re­tail worker Me­lanie Fare­nas, who runs her fam­ily busi­ness at Ti­rau Shell and Jade, said the bus stop had in­creased her busi­ness es­pe­cially with tourists be­cause it was just across the road.

‘‘Cus­tomers said that it is eas­ier to come straight to Ti­rau rather than stop in Cam­bridge,’’ she said.

She said al­though the expressway has had a pos­i­tive grow­ing im­pact on Ti­rau it would also ben­e­fit Pu­taruru and Toko­roa.

Cloth­ing man­ager Karen Wal­lace of Ebony Fash­ion said that her busi­ness was steady but ev­ery day was dif­fer­ent.

‘‘It did get busier to start with but the weather has had an im­pact.’’ If the busses stopped in the mid­dle of town it would be more ben­e­fi­cial for ev­ery­one.

Navdeep Shaglani, Ti­rau Sub­way store man­ager, said they’ve seen a 3 per cent in­crease in sales.

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