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It is not be­fore time the Queen­stown Lakes District Coun­cil has be­gun pre­par­ing a master­plan for the cen­tre of Queen­stown.

Any reg­u­lar vis­i­tors to town will know that con­ges­tion is mak­ing town a less pleas­ant place for ve­hi­cles and pedes­tri­ans. The sit­u­a­tion will only get worse.

Call it the ar­te­rial route, In­ner Links or the Man St By­pass - the need for the road around town to shift traf­fic from the main cen­tre has been known for years. A 2001 story de­scribes land­scape ar­chi­tect Paddy Bax­ter call­ing for the coun­cil to get on with it.

It has been put off many times since - largely be­cause of the cost.

This time there will be un­doubt­edly be con­tro­versy over the re­moval of the war me­mo­rial at the Queen­stown Me­mo­rial Cen­tre but it can be shifted. Mov­ing the road is much more dif­fi­cult.

This town des­per­ately needs to be un­locked from the de­bil­i­tat­ing grip of traf­fic con­ges­tion. Let’s get on with this project.

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