The concept of improving access through Nelson has a long history, and over the past 30 years there have been many suggestions for improving travel in Nelson.
Funding became available in 2018 to enable detailed investigations into the transport network, including a detailed business case to help plan a transport system that works for everyone.
The specific project area is bounded by SH6 to the north and east, Rutherford Road/Waimea Road to the south and extending as far south as the Annesbrook Drive roundabout. However, there is a far bigger area of influence for this project, extending beyond Richmond to the south and west, and Atawhai to the north.
The improvements being proposed take account of changes in housing density and are designed to work in tandem with transport-related improvements proposed by Nelson City Council, including improvements to bus services.