How to fix Qtown’s try­ing traf­fic is­sues

Central Otago Mirror - - BOATING AND FISHING - RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN

Fix­ing Queen­stown’s traf­fic con­ges­tion prob­lem will in­volve cre­at­ing a sin­gle trans­port en­tity within the coun­cil and de­vel­op­ing a plan which in­cludes trans­port hubs and cor­ri­dors, a new re­port says.

The only prob­lem is, it won’t be com­plete un­til 2046 and ratepay­ers will likely foot the bill.

Shap­ing Our Fu­ture - a so­ci­ety set up in 2010 to en­gage the com­mu­nity in the vi­sion for Queen­stown - had its Trans­port Task­force re­lease a first draft re­port on trans­port prob­lems.

The task­force rec­om­mends a new cross-agency trans­port gov­er­nance group be formed and be tasked with putting ‘‘ro­bust’’, district-wide so­lu­tions in place. That in­cluded re­duc­ing cen­tral Queen­stown to foot traf­fic only, im­ple­ment­ing bet­ter pub­lic trans­port and de­vel­op­ing com­muter cy­cling and walk­ing trails.

Down­town QT gen­eral man­ager Steve Wilde warned ratepay­ers would likely foot the bill, at least in the short term.

The ratepayer would be ex­pected to con­trib­ute un­less the Gov­ern­ment came to the party, Wilde said. He es­ti­mated a cost in the tens of mil­lions.

Find­ings would be shared at Queen­stown Me­mo­rial Hall on Novem­ber 7 from 5.30-7.30pm.

‘Au­thor Dawn An­drews with her new book, ‘From High­ways to the High Coun­try’, which re­counts her life as a woman work­ing in the ru­ral sec­tor.

Steve Wilde.

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