The concept of improving access through Nelson has a long history. Over the past 30 years there have been many investigations that have considered how to improve travel in Nelson. The most recent pieces of work include the application for a Southern Link Road in 2000 and 2004, the North Nelson to Brightwater Corridor Strategic Study in 2007, the Nelson Arterial Traffic Study in 2010–2011 and the Nelson Southern Link Programme Business Case in 2017.
Ensuring an efficient and reliable transport network is vital to Nelson’s export-led economy and improving community access to Nelson’s environment and amenities.
The Nelson Future Access project is a continuation of work to address economic efficiency, safety and resilience issues on the transport network. As part of a detailed business case, the current project will help develop proposals to provide for Nelson’s current and future transport needs. The state highway is crucial for primary industry and export trade growth in the region, particularly as there is no regional rail network to use as an alternative transport solution.
It will recognise community aspirations for a thriving CBD; a world-class waterfront; a healthy environment; and a safe, accessible and resilient transport system.