Eastside shared paths update



12 March 2021

Residents will start to see more progress on the Vaughan Road shared path next week.

On Wednesday 17 March 2021 Campbell Infrastructure Limited will start a short section between Tennyson Drive and the culvert crossing near Carrol Place, on the south side of Vaughan Road. 

Households along Vaughan Road and nearby streets will have received a brochure in the mail in the last fortnight detailing plans for the rest of the shared path. The information outlined the whole shared path route, which will begin at Owhata Road and run along Vaughan Road to Te Ngae Road.

The rest of the path will be completed in two sections, both of which will need to go through a tender process before work can start. The section between Owhata Road and Tennyson Drive is expected to be completed first, followed by the section between Rotorua Forest Haulage and Te Ngae Road.

On the other side of Te Ngae Road, residents along the Wharenui to Forest shared path route will have received a letter about the new infrastructure planned for their neighbourhood.

Design work for this path is underway and residents will receive further information in the coming weeks. Council will welcome input from the community on those designs to better understand how the community will use those spaces.

This new shared path will link future residential developments at Wharenui Road to schools, shops, parks and the forest. It will have a similar look and feel to the 3 metre wide paths in the wider shared path network including the use of courtesy and pedestrian crossings, and where possible, streetscape will be retained or enhanced.

Initial designs indicate that the new path will follow the streets listed below:

Shared path route:

  • Wharenui Road
  • Porikapa Road
  • Morey Street (current on-road facilities removed and footpath upgraded to a shared path)
  • Warwick Drive (current on-road facilities removed and footpath upgraded to a shared path)
  • Iles Road
  • Larcy Road (Te Manawa O Ōwhatiura trial to take place prior to any permanent changes)
  • Lynbert Road
  • Moana Terrace (via the alleyway from Lynbert Road)

Why are we making these changes?

Council has been working in partnership with Tatau Pounamu Collective, Eastside hapū and the wider community to develop the Eastside Structure Wellness Plan and what we’ve heard is that people want safe, connected, sustainable and thriving communities.

In 2020 the Government granted Rotorua Lakes Council $20million for shovel ready projects to support growth in the Eastern suburbs. Of this funding, $5 million was earmarked for upgrades to local roads to encourage more use of alternative transport modes.

Council is working with partners and the wider community, to ensure any work in the Eastside is timed to minimise disruption to residents as much as possible.

Some of the benefits of a shared path include:

  • Connecting communities: shared paths connect neighbourhoods to schools, sports and recreation areas, shopping centres and the inner city.
  • Safe caring communities: shared paths and other road features encourage motorists to take more care as they drive in a space that also has pedestrians, bike riders and other users.
  • Thriving communities: shared paths make it easier to access friends, work and leisure activities while encouraging physical activity that the whole family can enjoy.
  • Supporting residential growth: as residential areas grow so will the amount of traffic on the road. We know from data collected from other shared paths in town that having safer spaces encourages more people to choose alternative modes of transport.

Find out more about Tatau Pounamu Collective at www.tataupounamurotorua.com 

Find out more about the Eastside Structure Wellness Plan at www.letstalk.rotorualakescouncil.nz/eastside-structure-wellness-plan

Work programmes guiding work happening in Eastside:

  • Eastside Structure Wellness Plan
  • Safe and Sustainable Journeys shared path network
  • Build Back Better Economic Recovery Plan
  • Homes and Thriving Communities Strategic Framework
  • Locality planning
  • 2018 Spatial Plan
  • Eastern Corridor Stage One – upgrades to State Highway 30A/Te Ngae Road
  • Innovating streets
Page reviewed: 12 Mar 2021 1:00pm