We've been working with other councils and the New Zealand Transport Agency to develop a regional ring road around the city. This also includes an additional road bridge across the river.

This project is dependent on NZTA funding. Council is seeking commitment from NZTA as to the exact route that a regional ring road will follow and which parts should be the responsibility of NZTA as a state highway.

NZTA is also considering options to replace the Gorge route. A decision is due in early-2018. We've dedicated over $10m in this 10 Year Plan for strategic roading links, including safety improvements to the intersection of Longburn-Rongotea Road and Number 1 Line (2019-23) and Kairanga-Bunnythorpe Road (Mangaone Stream and Jacks Creek) bridge renewal (2020-23).

We'll review this once NZTA has chosen the preferred option for the Gorge, to ensure we take a strategic and consistent approach.

Update: NZTA has announced its preferred option for the Gorge road replacement. It has also said it will bring forward work on a detailed business case for the regional ring road, including a second bridge across the Manawatū River. We will work with NZTA to develop this.


Our 10 Year Plan consultation process has now closed. Thanks to everyone who has provided us with feedback on our projects and the options we laid out for them.

We will be finalising the 10 Year Plan based on this feedback in June and will confirm the option chosen once this is complete.

17 April, 2018

Elizabeth says:

“Need also to look at Rail options to move freight and people within our local communities and to provide links to rest of New Zealand.”

17 April, 2018

Anne says:

“Any upgrade or new transport options need to include Active Transport infrastructure.”

17 April, 2018

Anne says:

“Manawatu Gorge Replacement needs to include safe separated active transport infrastructure like Kapiti Expressway linking Palmy to Woodville”

17 April, 2018

Jo says:

“A second bridge across the river and a regional ring road are essential.”

12 April, 2018

Waz says:

“Please plan to improve traffic flow within the city as 'choke' points are already an issue. Poor traffic management effects productivity. ”

6 April, 2018

Lyn says:

“ Ring road is a long way off. Till then speed, noise, pollution & shaking of our houses by large transportation trucks continues!”

4 April, 2018

Milton says:

“PN is a distribution hub, heavy traffic moves through the city rather than round, a planned ring with access routes into the city. Great.”

29 March, 2018

JFE says:

“The consultation process for regional ring road must look seriously at alternative options for Bunnythorpe now, as a fast growing township”

24 March, 2018

shlalack says:

“The preferred option seems like a good compromise. The sooner these infrastructures are done the more $$ we will save in the long run.”

22 March, 2018

Harry says:

“The second road bridge has been a long time coming and is severely overdue. This needs to be placed in a high level of importance ”

21 March, 2018

Dean says:

“Rural Ring Road should not be using the roads near our Bunnythorpe community. Keep that area safe from large truck and trailer units & noise”

21 March, 2018

Paula says:

“Happy for upgrading outdated bridges at Jacks & Mangaone but new Rural Ring Road should not be using that end of KB Rd,bad for our community”