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Safe, reliable and resilient access to remote communities, farming, forestry, and tourism, is important for economic growth and prosperity in the Hawke’s Bay.

Investment in the region’s land transport system has focused on making access and safety improvements to the network, to help get goods to market and export, as well as maintaining growth in tourism. Improvements have been along the Hawke’s Bay Expressway, providing better access to Hawke’s Bay airport and Port of Napier and improving safety at the Links Road/Pakowhai Road intersection. In Hastings, co-investment in the Whakatu Arterial will support future expansion of the industrial park.

Future investment through the Provincial Growth Fund in the Hawke’s Bay is targeted at improving freight regional routes, upgrading roads and bridges to support bigger trucks, carrying more freight, and making improvements to the Napier to Wairoa rail line to transport logs for export.

Safety is a significant focus for our investment in the Hawke’s Bay. Several intersection upgrades have been completed and several other projects are underway. Our investment is targeted to making improvements to critical network links for residents travelling within and outside the region. A total of 163km of roads in the region will be made safer with a variety of treatments, including shoulder widening, median barriers, side barriers, rumble strips and new line markings.

In urban areas, our investment looks to encourage a shift from a reliance on private vehicle use to public transport and walking and cycling. This co-investment, with our partners, will also provide safer and improved access to schools, employment and goods and services that have great social and economic benefits. This also helps create an urban environment where people want to live, work, study and play.

In the last 18 months

  • Completed the $13 million Watchman Road roundabout on the Hawke’s Bay Expressway along with a new access road to Hawke’s Bay airport. This opened in September 2018 and provides a safe, attractive gateway into Hawke’s Bay region and airport. The roundabout, at Watchman Road, replaced the fifth highest risk intersection in New Zealand. The project also ensured the protection and enhancement of the biodiversity in the Westshore Wildlife Reserve wetland in the Ahuriri Estuary.
  • Completed a new $10 million roundabout at the Links Road/Pakowhai Road intersection on the Hawke’s Bay Expressway. The new roundabout was constructed to improve safety and efficiency at a key intersection on the main arterial route through the region that has high traffic volumes.
  • Co-funded the $20 million Whakatu Arterial in Hastings, enabling access to a large industrial area and allowing for future expansion of industry in the region. This road provides access to the Hawke’s Bay Expressway and was linked to the $5 million SH2 Napier Road Roundabout project completed in early 2018.
  • Commenced the Bay View to Hawke’s Bay Airport Passing Lanes and Safety Improvements project

Underway or about to start

  • A key resilience project to ensure long term connectivity of Wairoa to Napier on SH2 is the Raupunga Bluff Enhanced Resilience project. This project has seen us working closely with local iwi and Kiwirail to deliver a solution that protects this key corridor north of Napier.
  • Invested $102 million on local road network maintenance and operations in Hawke’s Bay, with key partners Hastings District Council, Wairoa District Council, Central Hawke’s Bay District Council and Napier City Council.
  • Invested in a Hastings District Council project to strengthen bridges on the local network to carry trucks to get goods to market.
  • Funding has been earmarked to improve multimodal journeys and safety on the route to and from the Port of Napier, via Prebensen Drive/Hyderabad roundabout.

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Safety is a significant focus in Hawke’s Bay. Hawke’s Bay has more crashes per vehicle kilometre travelled on local roads and state highways than many other regions. In the past 18 months (January 2018 to mid-June 2019) there have been 18 fatalities on the region’s roads.

In the last 18 months

  • $18.5 million SH2 Pakipaki to Waipukurau – included shoulder widening side barriers, rumble strips and new line markings. There is also a section of median barrier between Waipukurau and Waipawa as well as a dedicated off-road cycle path.
  • $10.5 million Hawke’s Bay Expressway - involved the installation of median barriers as well as some shoulder widening, side barriers, rumble strips and new line markings.
  • $11.5 million SH2 Wairoa to Bayview – included shoulder widening, side barriers, rumble strips and new line markings.
  • Boost safety programme funding targeting low-volume highways in Hawke’s Bay. This programme included the installation of safety barriers, rumble strips and upgraded curve warning signs.

Underway or about to start

Upgrades to several Hawke’s Bay high risk intersections are underway or about to start. Investments focus on reducing risk for people travelling on the region’s critical links, in particular, between Napier Port and Palmerston North. These projects include improvements to:

  • SH2 Paki Paki to Waipukurau
  • Hawke’s Bay Expressway
  • SH2 Hawke’s Bay Airport to Bay View
  • SH2 Wairoa to Bayview
  • SH5 Tarawera to SH2
  • Weigh Right National at Napier Port.

We have committed to improving 163km of dangerous roads in the region with a variety of safety measures including shoulder widening, median barriers, side barriers, rumble strips and new line markings.

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Tairāwhiti Roading Package – Provincial Growth Fund

The journeys to and from Gisborne are long and arduous due to the road layout. Slips and crashes cause major disruption when they occur. Members of the community have called for route improvements that do not meet National Land Transport Programme investment criteria but may be eligible for PGF funding. The below projects were announced in September 2018 and are in early stages of investigation:

  • A project to improve resilience on SH35 (estimated $14 million)
  • A business case for realignment and resilience options at Waikare Gorge (estimated $49 million)
  • A passing opportunities package for SH2 and SH35 (estimated $33 million)
  • Structure assessments are underway to enable HPMV on SH2 between Napier and Gisborne by the end of 2019.

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Public transport

We have co-invested in an integrated ticketing solution with Hawke’s Bay Regional Council in an effort to encourage an upturn in patronage on the Hawke’s Bay public transport, which has seen a slow decline over the last five years.

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Cycling and walking

In April 2019, the Government announced additional funding to create an extra 34.5km of new cycle ways around Napier and Hastings – an extension of Hawke's Bay's cycle trails network.

Hawke's Bay Trails officially opened in 2012 and consists of nearly 200km of off-road cycle trails. There were more than 600,000 trips recorded across the network last year, with research indicating 60% of trail use is by locals and 40% by visitors to the region. This is part of an investment in the Great Rides, which draw visitors to the regions, from the New Zealand Cycle Trail Enhancement and Extension Fund that provides up to $6 million each year to extend or improve the 22 Great Rides.

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Hawke’s Bay Provincial Growth Fund Transport package

In June 2019 the Government announced a suite of PGF funded projects that cover water storage, transport, skills and employment and marae digital connectivity. This included the Hawke’s Bay Transport Package, focused on unlocking economic potential by improving the movements of freight from source to market.

The Hawke’s Bay PGF Transport Package comprised a base PGF funded component made up of:

  • Wairoa High Productivity Motor Vehicles (HPMV) upgrades
  • Central Hawke’s Bay HPMV business case
  • NLTF funding to produce a business case for a regional Integrated Transport Programme (ITP) for Hawke’s Bay.

The package includes further investment of up to $24.5 million for:

  • Route 52: Waipukurau to Porangahau (up to $20.1 million)
  • Dannevirke rail hub and evaluation.

The rail hub crosses the regional boundary into the Manawatū but has the potential to impact the freight flows to the Napier Port in Hawke’s Bay. The initial investigations for the rail hub will look at the impacts on the surrounding local road network, including those within the Tararua District and their end of Route 52, running through the Taraura District to Waipukurau, in Hawke’s Bay.

In addition to this package, there has also been PGF investment made into the Napier to Wairoa Railway line to upgrade it to a standard suitable for low speed forestry transport operations.

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Investment in Hawke’s Bay

Forecast total investment $292 million $396 million
Forecast maintenance and operations $193 million $219 million
Forecast public transport investment $12 million $12 million
Forecast walking and cycling $11 million $3.8 million
Regional network improvements $70 million $158 million
Total Provincial Growth Fund   $29 million

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