Rotokauri Transport Hub

The bigger picture

​Hamilton is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country and we are embracing this growth and the opportunities it brings. We’re investing $2B in the city’s biggest-ever 10-year capital programme to set the platform for planned, sustainable growth and to look after Hamilton’s future transport, infrastructure and community facilities. 

This investment means we are planning well for the changes coming our way and means we can look after the things that make our great river city what it is today. We are all about enhancing the quality of life for our residents making Hamilton a great place to live, work, play and visit.​

What's happening now?

Work on the new Rotokauri Transport Hub has officially started .  The hub project is a key part of Hamilton City Council's Access Hamilton Strategy, which focuses on enabling growth, improving safety and improving transport choice. Once complete, the transport hub will be a key connection point for the forthcoming Hamilton to Auckland passenger rail service.  View our concept designs here.

Tasman Rd between Chalmers Rd and Gilbek Pl is now closed to traffic as our team continues construction on the new Rotokauri Transport Hub. The road closure will be in place 24/7 for approximately four weeks. 

Once construction of the hub is finished, a section of road between Chalmers Rd and the new collector road (a collector road is a local street that joins onto a main road) will reopen as a bus only/special vehicle lane. For other vehicles this new road layout change will be permanent. 

The reason for this change is to support the urbanising of the area - taking it from looking like a country road to one with kerbs and footpaths- while also ensuring the hub, once completed, can operate effectively and safely.

Access to businesses in the area will always be maintained.

The hub is expected to be finished mid-2020. ​

What's happened?

​Consultation has now closed on the proposed changes to Tasman Rd. You can view our closed Have Your Say consultations here.​

The Council's Regulatory and Hearings Committee voted unanimously to approve proposed changes including reduced speed limits, restricting parking, building off-road cycle paths, and making a section of Tasman Rd in the vicinity of the transport hub bus-only access and closed to private vehicles.​ Read the full story here.​

Agendas and minutes can be found here.

Why are we doing this?

Part of what makes Hamilton great is how we move around our city and get to other places. As we develop our transportation network to manage growth, we need to clearly understand and plan for the things that will make the most difference to our people and the city. ​While also aligning with our ongoing focus on safer streets for all. ​

There is a need to improve transport connections between Hamilton and Auckland, especially given the increasing number of commuters along this corridor. One of the key infrastructure projects supporting this is the Rotokauri Transport Hub, ‘the Hub’, which will enable the operation of a Hamilton to Auckland passenger rail service.​

As a Council, we are responsible for building and maintaining the Hub. The Waikato Regional Council will oversee the service, with the NZ Transport Agency being the primary funder. The development of passenger rail aligns with the Government’s new Policy Statement on Transport which is committed to creating an efficient, modern and resilient transport system across all transport modes.

What is the Rotokauri​​ Transport Hub?

The Hub is a park and ride, rail station, bus interchange and includes a potential pedestrian connection to The Base. It includes improvements that are essential to the city’s public transport network and will improve the intercity connections between Hamilton and Auckland. Through our 10-Year Plan, we have set aside $12M to establish the Hub, with construction starting later this year and planned to be complete by mid-2020. The project includes:

  • A new rail platform to initially provide for two return train services a day to the Papakura train station in Auckland, where connections could be made to the wider rail network.
  • A bus interchange including bus bays and a platform.
  • A park and ride facility which will provide car parking for rail and bus passengers, including mobility parking, electric vehicle parks, designated drop-off/pick-up zones and a taxi stand.
  • A potential over-rail pedestrian bridge to safely connect the Hub and The Base – creating a safe way to get to the station across the rail.
  • New and improved walking and cycling connections along most of Tasman Rd and along a new road (not yet named).
  • Changes to how people can drive, walk and cycle along Tasman Rd.​

Design concepts for the Hub and diagrams explaining the changes to Tasman Rd are below.

Changes to Tasman Rd under the Hamilton Traffic Bylaw 2015 and Hamilton City Speed Limits Bylaw 2018​

All these changes support the urbanising of the area, taking it from looking like a country road to one with curbs and footpaths and looking like it fits within an urban setting.​

We are committed to ensuring the Hub operates effectively and safely. To do this we are proposing several safety changes to Tasman Rd under two Bylaws to support this outcome. These include:

​Hamil​ton Traffic Bylaw 2015

  • Making a section of Tasman Rd bus-only access and closed to private vehicles (from Chalmers Rd to the intersection of the yet unnamed road to the south).
  • No on-street parking along sections ​of Tasman Rd.
  • Biking infrastructure improvements along Tasman Rd and the future road. This includes implementing a cycle path (operating as a shared path) along portions of Tasman Rd as well as the future road.

Hamilton City Speed Limits Bylaw 2018

  • Tasman Rd speed reduction to 50km/h.
  • Tasman Rd speed reduction to 30km/h for the bus only section.

All these changes support the urbanising of the area, taking it from looking like a country road to one with curbs and footpaths and looking like it fits within an urban setting. And supports The Hamilton Speed Management Plan, adopted by Council in June 2019, which guides how and where we manage speed within Hamilton. This project fits our principles of:

  • ​​Where there are lots of people walking, biking and crossing the road the speed environment will be 30km/h.
  • Existing roads will be upgraded to reflect the purpose of the road and to create a safe and appropriate environment.
The Speed Management Plan can be found here. ​

Page reviewed: 07 Apr 2020 8:36am