Govt to pay for cycleway via Tamahere

The Government will pick up the bill for the cycleway between Hamilton and Cambridge via Tamahere.

Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter announced today that the Te Awa River ride has got the green light as part of the $220 million nationwide cycleways investment and one of the “shovel ready” projects.

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Underpass in design

Design work is underway for an underpass of Airport Rd/SH21 as part of the Te Awa biking-walking path through Tamahere.

The NZ Transport Agency is funding the underpass (pictured), proposed for near Wiremu Tamihana Drive, as part of its section of the Te Awa Cambridge to Hamilton shared path.

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Tamahere projects in economy stimulus pitch

Waikato mayors say their councils and partners have “turned over every possible stone” in a bid to secure government money to help rebuild the Waikato economy following Covid-19.

Projects submitted for the Government economic stimulus package include the Te Awa Cycleway that runs through Tamahere, and a new four-lane bridge over the Waikato River at the Narrows along with associated roading – the long planned Southern Links Project.

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Safer paths expected for Tamahere

Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter has given her backing for safer footpaths and cycleways for Tamahere.

In Tamahere today, Genter said she had let the NZ Transport Agency know of her expectations for safe connectivity for Tamahere, which is bisected by the State Highway 1 Waikato Expressway.

A lack of safe walking and biking routes has become a hot button issue for Tamahere people who turned out in unprecedented numbers to a recent public meeting on the issue.

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Bike trail link to start

Work is set to start on the final piece of the Te Awa River Ride shared path, between Cambridge and Hamilton, later this year.

Funding has been confirmed for the NZ Transport Agency to build the first section of the 20km path, which is the last link in providing a continuous cycling and walking route from Karapiro to Ngaruawahia.

“We’re delighted to be able to begin work on Te Awa – Cambridge to Hamilton which will provide a safe cycling alternative for our communities,” said the Transport Agency

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Push on for cycleway

Keen on cycleways? Want to see the full 70km of the Te Awa River Ride completed?

The Waipa District Council is currently seeking feedback on its cycleway spending plans, including the Te Awa River Ride, which will go through Tamahere.

The Te Awa Trust has approached the Waipa council seeking support towards the Avantidrome-to-Hamilton section of the River Ride and is encouraging locals to weigh into the discussion.

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WDC backs bike trail

Waikato District Mayor Allan Sanson is one of three Waikato mayors who will next week sign agreements committing their councils to the Te Awa Great New Zealand River Ride.

The cycle trail will follow the Waikato River for 70km, from Ngaruawahia through Tamahere to Horahora, opening up parts of the wider Waikato not usually accessible to visitors.

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