Release of Recommended Programme
Thank you for your interest and engagement during the Nelson Future Access project. We are now reaching the end of this stage of the project. The Nelson City Council will today publish agenda papers that will include an executive summary from the business case outlining the recommended programme.
Link to council Agenda Papers: here
As you will already appreciate, the programme is designed to roll out over 30 years. It will increase the availability of attractive walking and cycling paths and public transport options close to urban areas, support reliable journeys and economic development and improve safety.
The programme, when compared against the status quo of no investment in the transport network, will encourage mode shift away from private vehicles of between 6% to 8%, and in turn reduce forecast travel volumes by 7% out to 2028, and 9% out to 2048. Our modelling based on existing behaviours has forecast a 12% daily reduction in CO2 in the first ten years increasing to 16% by 2048.
The widening of SH6 Rocks Road for walking and cycling is expected to significantly improve the amenity of the waterfront.
The priority lanes are still proposed in the long-term and will further encourage public transport use.
The recommendation concerning the short clearway south of Bisley Avenue has been amended following a safety assessment. It is now recommended that the southbound lane is reinstated as a permanent traffic lane to operate 24/7. This will ensure consistent operation times, make enforcement easier, provide significant additional people and freight moving capacity through the intersection and result in a corresponding drop in rat running through the Port Hills.
There are many facets to this programme that will work together to improve the amenity of urban areas, efficiently manage freight movement and improve safety.
We have updated our Frequently Asked questions on the website to reflect recommendations being made as part of the preferred programme. You can read these here.
The next steps for the project are to seek council endorsement followed by endorsement by the Waka Kotahi board towards the end of the year. This is required to enable funding to be sought for the various components of the programme.