2 Mar 2012

Committee asks Council to reconsider roundabouts study

At its recent meeting the Regional Transport Committee resolved to ask Council to reconsider its request to remove the Three Roundabouts – Saxton Field Transportation Study from the draft Regional Land Transport Programme (RLTP).

Council were concerned about the funding split of the project that seeks to improve traffic flow at the roundabouts that connect Champion Road, Salisbury Road, Main Road Stoke and the state highway. The cost of the proposed package to help resolve the situation is estimated to be $4,720,000.  This would be split according to the boundaries where the works were talking place: Nelson City Council $2,200,000; Tasman District Council $600,000 and New Zealand Transport Agency $1,920,000.

Councillor Ian Barker, Chair of the Regional Transport Committee says “The feeling from the Committee was that this project is important to our region and we should be leading the way.  If we don’t keep this in our programme of projects, we risk losing the funding subsidy from NZTA and congestion issues could continue to develop as we wait for further funding to become available.  To secure the national funding we need to provide a commitment to funding this at a local level.”

The draft RLTP is due to be confirmed for public consultation at the next meeting of the Regional Transport Committee. Any changes resulting from the consultation will be made and the RLTP will be submitted to Nelson City Council for its consideration and adoption.