Gon­dola could ease con­ges­tion

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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.

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