Gondola could ease congestion
Queenstown Lakes District has accepted a plan with potential gondola or light rail as transport options.
The alternative transport ideas were suggested as part of a ‘‘spatial framework’’ for the town’s $385 million masterplan which was approved on Thursday.
The document said while building a gondola was not a preferred option in the town’s masterplan, it could ease congestion and support large volumes of traffic.
It would likely start at the intersection of Stanley and Shotover streets, and end at Queenstown Airport about 8 kilometres away.
A new $140m bypass, six new car parking lots, an improved cycleway connection, a new ferry stop and a ‘‘park and ride’’ facility were also suggested as options for dealing with growing traffic.
The bypass would give motorists a quicker route between One Mile, Gorge Rd and Melbourne St, as the current arterial route through Stanley and Shotover streets was already at capacity during peak hours, the document said.
Wanaka Airport’s sealed runway may have to be extended for scheduled services to return.