The $115 million Queenstown Package will provide dedicated public transport infrastructure and support people to choose different ways to travel that are both healthier and better for our environment. That includes bus priority measures on State Highway 6/ State Highway 6A, bus lanes on SH6, improvements to the existing Frankton bus hub, improvements to the SH6A/SH6 intersection, pedestrian access improvements across SH6 and SH6A and a new roundabout at Howards Drive.
The growth in Queenstown’s resident and visitor population, together with a high dependency on private vehicle travel, has compounded traffic congestion and delays.
The NZ Upgrade Programme – Queenstown Package is not focused on increasing road capacity; we are prioritising infrastructure to support our public transport network to improve the level of service. We will then work closely with our partners, Otago Regional Council, to support them in delivering additional public transport services.
Covid-19 has been a huge challenge for the Queenstown community. But it has also meant traffic is somewhat lighter, and this has given us an opportunity to begin some of the investigations which will shape the design of our work.
The works are being delivered for Waka Kotahi via the Kā Huanui a Tāhuna Alliance in partnership with Queenstown Lakes District Council.
Designs for the works are underway, with an estimated construction start date late 2022 / early 2023.