Safety and Access Improvement Programme

​​​Hamilton is New Zealand’s fourth largest urban area with around 141,000 residents, and is expected to grow to 207,000 residents by 2036. We need to plan and programme for this growth now.

We’re completing our strategic road network but we also need to focus on making sure the rest of our transport network functions safely and efficiently. We need to manage our road network to cope with large amounts of traffic at peak times and create safer places for people to live and engage with each other, by funding, providing and promoting quality alternatives to car travel, like city cycle networks and bus routes. This is our programme of safety and access improvements.

For examples of some completed improvements and information on how they work, have a look at examples of safety and access improvements.

Access Hamilton

Access Hamilton sets out the basis for Hamilton's transport planning and investment over the next 30 years. The Access Hamilton strategy and programme is currently being taken through a refresh in order to ensure it is aligned with regional and national policy.

Current and proposed projects

​Location​Proposed start date​Proposed works
Queens Ave/Killarney Rd intersection7 MayRoundabout
 Proposed desi​gn (PDF, 1MB)​​
​Saxbys Rd/Macdonald Rd intersection​30 April​Roundabout
Proposed design (PDF, 1MB)

FAQs ​

​Why is the Queens Ave/Killarney Rd intersection being changed to a roundabout?

​This intersection previously had changes made to it in 2015. Since then we've had a lot of community feedback, some negative and some positive, however a lot of the comments have pointed to driver confusion over how the intersection layout works and particularly who has "right of way". We've listened to these concerns and have decided to upgrade the intersection to a simpler roundabout layout.

​Why do you think this will be better than the current intersection?

​We believe a roundabout will improve issues with driver confusion over the current intersection layout. The layout installed in 2015 was originally designed to address a road safety issue, with this intersection considered high-risk due to two serious injury and three minor injury crashes in the five years before. This layout has been successful, with no crashes involving injury to people occurring since its construction. However some in the community have continued to express concern to us over the perceived confusion of drivers using the intersection. Constructing a roundabout allows us to address these concerns while retaining safety benefits. We will also be keeping the raised pedestrian platform on Lake Domain Dr to keep the intersection a lower speed environment and to encourage motorists to use Queens Ave to access the central city, rather than Lake Domain Dr which is unsuitable for large volumes of traffic.

​Will the new roundabout be safer and improve traffic flow?

​Single lane roundabouts in general are low speed and low conflict intersections and so we do not expect to see a change in road risk at this site. This intersection has a traffic volume of around 14,500 vehicles per day and a roundabout is unlikely to improve traffic flow.

​How long will work take and what’s the likely traffic disruption?

Work is expected to take about four weeks and there will be some disruption during this time. Disruption during peak times will be kept to a minimum and electronic message boards will be used to inform people driving through the intersection. During the construction we recommend drivers use other routes to minimise delays. Once the roundabout is in place we encourage drivers to continue using Queens Ave as their route to access the central city, rather than Lake Domain Dr.

Media releases

Programmes of works

To implement this strategy four programmes of works have been developed and included in Hamilton’s 10-Year Plan:

  • Safer Speed Areas
  • Minor Works
  • Integrated Transport Initiatives
  • Public Transport Infrastructure

More information on the four programmes of works. (PDF, 47.8KB)

Our programme of works is a multi-year approach to lead Hamilton towards improved roads for all.

The programme is consistent with the Government’s Safer Journeys Strategy which identifies that the driver, the vehicle speed and the road environment are all important and necessary to achieve safer roads and safer journeys. The proposed works above are all included under these four programmes.

Page reviewed: 03 May 2018 4:37pm