Waikato Rail Stalled But Roading Leaps Ahead


Ironically, a few hours after a Hamilton meeting lamenting the lack of progress in getting a Waikato-Auckland rail link, roading progress in the area gets a big leap forward.

Hamilton Council announced work on the extension of Wairere Drive is being brought forward with council approving the early completion of a $7m major roundabout at Crosby/Tramway roads.

It has also approved a contract to complete the detailed design of the next section of the extension from this roundabout to Cambridge Road, parallel to Tramway Road.

These approvals follow recent NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) approval to provide funding for the roundabout at Crosby/Tramway roads.

The council’s transport committee Chairman Dave Macpherson , who attended last night’s rail meeting, says the section of Wairere Drive extension from the current works at Crosby Road through to Cobham Drive, has been in city planning documents for many years and it was pleasing to see that we are now a step closer to completing the city ring road.

The roundabout design contains a spoked hub for pedestrians and cyclists within the roundabout with underpasses under the mid sections of the roundabout and provision for a fifth leg connection for a possible link to the Waikato Expressway and a corridor into the Ruakura area.





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