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.
In January 2021 we officially opened our new Rotokauri Transport Hub. The hub project was a key part of Hamilton City Council's Access Hamilton Strategy, which focuses on enabling growth, improving safety and improving transport choice. The transport hub is a key connection point for the forthcoming Hamilton to Auckland passenger rail service.
What is the Rotokauri Transport Hub?
The Hub is a park and ride, rail station, bus interchange and 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 set aside $12M to establish the Hub, and construction is now complete. The project included:
- 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.
- An 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.
You can see some pictures of the new hub here.
What's happening now?
The Orbiter buses are using the new Rotokauri Transport Hub. The Hub provides an over rail bridge connection with The Base where other city bus services will operate from.
Te Huia (the passenger rail service that connects Waikato to Auckland) will commence on Tuesday 6 April 2021.
Capable of carrying over 500 passengers per day, Te Huia will transform the journey of Waikato commuters travelling between Hamilton, Huntly and Auckland. Find more information on this service at tehuiatrain.co.nz