Gridlock
Traffic congestion has been identified as Tauranga's No. 1 issue.

This week we have spoken to businesses that have changed their operations in response to the congestion. Parents have told us of their struggle to transport themselves and their children to work and school.

Some people blame the lack of transport infrastructure. Others blame people's ability to change their mindsets and embrace alternative transport options.

In the final part of our series, we ask Tauranga transport and city leaders for their thoughts about what steps are needed to address the worsening congestion in and around the city.

Tauranga Mayor Greg Brownless

"I think there are some areas where roading improvements are the solution, and we've got to look in particular at the construction of local roads and state highways such as Tauriko, Barkes Corner, the completion of the 15th Ave [four-laning], but at the same time if we don't change our travel habits [roads] will fill up again with several thousand more people coming here every year, and that's cars as well."

Tauranga Mayor Greg Brownless says traffic is now the city's number one priority.

Tauranga MP and leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges

"We need to keep building the network; we haven't finished that job yet.

"The priorities are

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Western Bay of Plenty Mayor Garry Webber

Greater Tauranga spokeswoman Heidi Hughes

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Transport Minister Phil Twyford

NZ Transport Agency, Bay of Plenty systems manager Rob Campbell

Urban Form and Transport Development committee chairman Larry Baldock, Tauranga City Council