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Investigations underway for potential road improvements in Tasman


The NZ Transport Agency has been investigating transport corridors across the Tasman region in order to identify opportunities for making travel safer, resilient and more efficient.

Three separate investigations have been undertaken to address Tasman’s transport network needs. The areas being looked at are State Highway 6 Richmond Arterial, State Highway 60 Richmond to Collingwood and State Highway 60 Motueka (township). As part of the Transport Agency’s Business Case Approach, strategic cases seek to understand the underlying transport issues and potential benefits for each of these areas.

The first phase of work for the Richmond Arterial and Motueka (township) investigations are complete. The State Highway 60 Richmond to Collingwood requires further work to better define the issues along this route.

NZ Transport Agency Regional Director Raewyn Bleakley says “Making improvements to the Tasman transport network will help the locals who live and work in the area and others who rely on it for wider business or travel purposes.

“But before we confirm what we could do, we will seek comments from the Tasman community, because local input is important in informing any proposals.”

Ms Bleakley confirmed that the Transport Agency will work closely with Tasman District Council, Nelson City Council and the local Tasman community to explore potential improvement opportunities.

“In particular, the Motueka township investigation has highlighted specific problems along High Street, which we intend to investigate further. We expect improvements will concentrate on the location and visibility of the pedestrian crossings in the township and we will be developing potential designs to discuss with the community.” 

Ms Bleakley says the State Highway 6 Richmond Arterial Investigation is considering how to ensure the local transport network works effectively, something that will be progressed in partnership with the Tasman District Council.

We will provide information on how the community can get involved at a later date.