Work on SH2 is wel­comed

Waihi Leader - - News -

Bay of Plenty Re­gional Coun­cil has wel­comed the Gov­ern­ment’s plans to im­prove the safety of the State High­way 2 (SH2) cor­ri­dor be­tween Waihi and Tau­ranga.

The NZ Trans­port Agency has re-eval­u­ated the trans­port plans for the cor­ri­dor to align with pri­or­i­ties set out in the Gov­ern­ment Pol­icy State­ment on Land Trans­port.

Re­gional Trans­port Com­mit­tee Chair­man Stu­art Crosby says SH2 is the re­gion’s high­est trans­port pri­or­ity and it is en­cour­ag­ing that the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties have been heard.

“As a coun­cil we put three SH2 projects at the top of the state high­way im­prove­ment pri­or­ity list in the draft Re­gional Land Trans­port Plan in May,” Coun­cil­lor Crosby says.

NZTA has an­nounced new plans for SH2 that de­liver a new road with po­ten­tial for pri­or­ity lanes for pub­lic trans­port/high oc­cu­pancy ve­hi­cles as well as main­tain­ing the ex­ist­ing two lane high­way.

Coun­cil­lor Crosby says the re­gion needs that ca­pac­ity as a mat­ter of ur­gency.

“Across the re­gion we will be driv­ing hard in sup­port of the fastest and best so­lu­tions to make our re­gion’s roads safer, less con­gested and more sus­tain­able.”

Lead­ers in the West­ern Bay of Plenty will work with the NZTA on a joint ap­proach that de­vel­ops fu­ture trans­port in line with ur­ban plan­ning, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, freight de­mand and job growth.

PHOTO / AN­DREW WARNER.

SH2 turnoff to moko­roa.

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