Richmond will continue to grow in population and popularity in the coming years. It is important we find ways to ensure the cycling and walking paths, roads, and public transport can deal with this growth, and ensure Richmond is a connected place that is easy to live in and travel around.
Increased traffic is making it harder to plan trips and get around Richmond and through to the wider Tasman and Nelson areas. People driving commercial vehicles are also finding it can take longer to get freight to and from Port Nelson.
Our investigations show that the community of Richmond often rely on cars for short trips, choosing not to walk, bike or take a bus. Roads around Richmond’s shops, homes and schools are also congested, making it unsafe and unpleasant to walk and bike around the places people value.
Aligning with national and regional transport strategies, we are seeking to:
- make Richmond’s roads safer for everyone
- improve connections between streets, and build safe and attractive walking and cycling paths, helping make Richmond an even nicer place to live
- help ensure journey times are more reliable for both people and freight, particularly during busy times of the day
- make it easier for people to walk, bike or take different transport options to get to work and school.
The Tasman District Council are developing a Walking and Cycling Strategy, a regional speed management (speed review) plan and updating the District Plan, which will align with this business case. The Council will carry out separate public engagement on these plans and strategies in the near future.