Why change these streets?
Of all our city streets that could use a makeover, we've picked two in areas that are already important for people and will soon become even livelier and busier as Hamilton City Council brings to life the West Town Belt and Central City Transformation Plan strategies. Click on the maps below to see this graphically.
Ward Street's pathway to permanent improvement
As an increasingly populated street, and an important connector for many destinations, Ward Street is experiencing the same kinds of pressures that gave rise to the first tranche of projects in the Central City Transformation Plan. The results of this trial will give Council, and others involved in the development of the project, confidence in taking a permanent solution forward for future consideration. Funding for the upgrade of Ward Street has been allocated in the draft 2021-2031 Long Term Plan.
The Ward Street trial will end on 3 July. What Ward Street looks like following the trial will be informed by feedback gathered as part of the Innovating Streets project. The long-term permanent upgrade of Ward Street will take into account all of the data and feedback captured during the trial.
Rostrevor Street's pathway to permanent improvement
Council has committed to enhancing and connecting up the West Town Belt area through the West Town Belt masterplan. The 2021-31 Long-Term Plan includes funding to develop a multi-use park on the Founders Theatre site. Works are currently underway to redevelop the former bowling club on Hinemoa Park into the Pasifika Hub. This will see Hinemoa Park open up and become more useable.
While there is no dedicated funding for a permanent version of Rostrevor Street's trial makeover, the trial will provide data and insights into how Rostrevor can support the area around it.
The Rostrevor Street trial will end on 5 July 2021, when work will begin to allow the street to reopen to motor vehicle traffic.
For more, see the streets' FAQ.
Now community co-design is complete, the initial designs are being installed with adaptable materials. Installation kicks off the live trial and the experiential public consultation - the "try before you buy" stage.