Otago Daily Times

Group to de­liver road­ing up­grades


- STAFF REPORTER Business · Transportation · Industries · Queenstown · New Zealand · British Petroleum · Queenstown · WSP Global · Frankton

THE con­sor­tium of com­pa­nies that will de­liver a suite of costly transport projects in the Wakatipu has been named.

A joint me­dia state­ment by the Queen­stown Lakes District Council and NZ Transport Agency yes­ter­day said the con­sor­tium, called the Wakatipu Transport Pro­gramme Al­liance, con­sisted of Beca, Downer, Ful­ton Ho­gan and WSP.

The con­sor­tium will de­liver the Queen­stown Town Cen­tre Street Up­grades project, which is be­ing funded by the Govern­ment ($35 mil­lion) and council ($25 mil­lion), and $90 mil­lion of im­prove­ments to State High­ways 6 and 6A.

The lat­ter in­clude bus lanes and bus pri­or­ity fea­tures on Frank­ton Rd (SH6A), a new Frank­ton bus hub, im­prove­ments to the BP in­ter­sec­tion, a new round­about at the in­ter­sec­tion of SH6 and Howards Dr, and an un­der­pass of the Frank­ton­Ladies Mile high­way (SH6) to im­prove walk­ing and cy­cling con­nec­tions.

Queen­stown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult said he was im­pressed by the speed at which the con­sor­tium had been formed, which would mean the council was ‘‘de­liv­er­ing to our prom­ise of be­ing on the ground be­fore Christmas’’.

NZTA transport ser­vices gen­eral manager Brett Glid­don said the ben­e­fits of the part­ner­ship were a ‘‘quick mo­bil­i­sa­tion’’ and a con­sis­tent pipe­line of work.

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