How to fix Qtown’s trying traffic issues
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.