Some specific transport issues in Motueka have been identified during our investigations. During workshops for the strategic case, we confirmed that the design of the pedestrian crossings is leading to crashes and a number of intersections could be redesigned to work more effectively.
The detailed business case is largely complete. It investigated how to address the pedestrian crossing issues and considered the redesign of a number of intersections along High Street.
Funding to progress to implementation did not rank highly enough in the national context in the 2018-2021 National Land Transport Plan (NLTP). This funding outcome was formally communicated to the Council at its Regional Transport Committee meeting on 17 September 2018.
On 15 April 2019 the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) presented the Draft Option for State Highway 60 (SH60) valued at $7 million through Motueka to the Tasman Regional Transport Committee, so that the work done to date was not lost and able to be efficiently picked back up – should funding priorities or opportunities change, and to allow the Transport Agency to complete the business case with a share understanding of Council’s views.
From a safety perspective, the highest priority element of the Motueka Town Centre Investigation was the intersections of High Street and King Edward Street with SH^). Investigation and design of safety improvements via the Low Cost Low Risk Programme commences in 2018/19 but has since ceased as it has become apparent the cost will exceed $1 million.
Interventions to improve the State Highway efficiency and improve access and pedestrian safety at other locations identified within the business case have not currently been included in the Low Cost Low Risk Programme. However, some minor maintenance changes to the colour of the zebra crossings to improve conspicuousness are being investigated. This was due to other high priority locations within Tasman taking precedence, such as the high speed high risk sections of SH60 between Three Brothers Corner and Motueka.