Views sought on three potential approaches for Nelson’s arterial network

Three potential approaches to improving Nelson’s arterial transport network are up for discussion as part of the NZ Transport Agency’s public engagement on the Nelson Southern Link Investigation (NSLI).

A five-week period of public engagement opens today and finishes on Sunday 24 April as part of the Programme Business Case stage of the NSLI - the second of four stages of the investigation. The investigation was launched in 2015 as part of the Government’s Accelerated Regional Roading Package.

NZ Transport Agency Regional Director Raewyn Bleakley says public feedback on the three potential approaches is an important part of the investigation process.

The three approaches the Transport Agency is seeking feedback on now are:

  • making the most of the existing network
  • widening the existing arterial routes, or
  • creating a new arterial route.

'We are open to other feedback as well. If there are other approaches that would address the problems identified in the strategic case, we want to hear those too,' Ms Bleakley says.

Ms Bleakley says the public will also be updated on the Rocks Road Walking and Cycling Investigation and will be able to give feedback on which options they believe would work best with the three approaches proposed for the NSLI.

'Four options for improving walking and cycling on Rocks Road are open for review. The two investigations are closely linked, so we want the community to understand our findings on both projects so they can offer informed feedback to us as we plan for the future of Nelson transport routes,' Ms Bleakley says.

Four public information sessions will be held in April in the Nelson CBD, Stoke, and Richmond. Members of the investigation team will be available to answer questions and listen to feedback. The locations and times are:

Friday 1 April, Stoke Community Hall, Stoke. 9.30am-12.30pm

Friday 1 April, Elma Turner Library, Nelson. 3pm-6pm

Saturday 2 April, Elma Turner Library, Nelson CBD. 10.30am – 1.30pm

Saturday 9 April, Richmond Library, Richmond, 10.00am – 1.00pm

More background information is available in the engagement  brochure(external link) which is online at link),  and at the Nelson Public Libraries, and the Richmond Library during their opening hours.

The engagement brochure includes a feedback form. Feedback is due with the Transport Agency by Sunday 24 April.