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Project introduction

The Nelson Future Access Project is the investigation of a future-proofed transport system considering the needs of all users travelling within Nelson.

Community engagement on short-term and other improvements

Have your say on a proposed safe and effective transport network for Nelson. 

Important note: The ‘Have your say’ button takes you to our Social Pinpoint platform where you will find detailed information including maps, cross-sections, and other helpful visuals.

Deadline for feedback extended to 5pm, Friday 18 June 2021.

View the brochureHave your say


Nelson residents had the opportunity to help plan a vibrant city by having a say in their future transport network. Read the engagement report, as well as the original brochure outlining three long-term options, and then go to our interactive site to view what people had to say.

We thank all those who provided their feedback.

Engagement report
View brochure
View online feedback

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Thank you

Nelson residents had the opportunity last year to help plan our growing city by having a say in our future transport network, particularly the long-term solution. Thank you for the feedback we received. We are recommending a refined version of the Priority Lanes Package as the best long-term solution for Nelson.

Priority Lanes Package [PDF, 598 KB]

Not only did Priority Lanes score best overall against assessment criteria, the feedback we received from the community showed considerable support for the Priority Lanes option (56%) as the option likely to be the most successful in enabling the vision for Nelson.

Having decided on the Priority Lanes solution, the team is now focused on the best short-to-medium term improvements for the Nelson transport network and are inviting the community to provide feedback (please see above link to our brochure and ‘Have your say’ platform).


To develop a detailed investment programme for a multi-modal transport system that supports community aspirations for a thriving CBD; a world-class waterfront; and a safe, accessible and resilient transport system that will meet the diverse needs of customers and communities. In particular, the programme should seek to:

  • Identify customer needs and growth pressures in the study area.
  • Define the existing and future function of key transport corridors (for all modes) in the study area.
  • To deliver a safe, accessible and resilient network that recognises Nelson City Council’s goals, the needs of customers and the wider community.
  • Make best use of existing infrastructure and services as well as new/emerging technologies.
  • Ensure integration of land use and transport systems to reduce the dependency on private single occupancy motor vehicles.
  • Investigate and identify a package of measures that could be progressed on SH6 Rocks Road to enhance walking and cycling and supporting Nelson City Council’s vision for a world class waterfront.
  • Investigate and make recommendations in respect of the key journeys between Nelson City’s CBD, Waterfront, Airport, Port and Richmond. To resolve long-standing uncertainty about the Nelson Southern Link, it will include the need and potential timing for an alternative arterial route to Rocks Road and Waimea Road.


The concept of improving access through Nelson has a long history, and over the past 30 years there have been many suggestions for improving travel in Nelson.

The 2018–21 National Land Transport Programme included funding to enable detailed investigations into the transport network, including a detailed business case to help plan a transport system that works for everyone.

The specific project area is bounded by SH6 to the north and east, Rutherford Road/Waimea Road to the south and extending as far south as the Annesbrook Drive roundabout.  However, there is a far bigger area of influence for this project, extending beyond Richmond to the south and west, and Atawhai to the north.

The improvements being proposed take account of changes in housing density and are designed to work in tandem with transport-related improvements proposed by Nelson City Council, including improvements to bus services.


In April 2019, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency appointed engineering consultancy AECOM to produce a detailed business case for the Nelson Future Access project. The programme scope includes fast-tracking work to identify whether any walking and cycling enhancements can be delivered within the Rocks Road area in the short to medium term.

The investigation will be completed before the end of 2021.