A plan for improving Dunedin's transport network over the
next 30 years was signed off by the Dunedin City Council
recently. Debbie Porteous looks at what is in it for
The council's integrated transport strategy includes much for
It promises to expand the inland port at North Taieri, slow
traffic down in the Mosgiel town centre, and prioritise
cyclists, pedestrians and public transport.
It also promises to revisit parking issues.
Most importantly, it identifies managing heavy traffic and
freight through the centre of Mosgiel as the council's
highest priority after safety upgrades to the city centre
(which it hopes to do between 2015 and 2018).
The Mosgiel work could be funded by a mixture of council and
New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) funding, although there
is presently no money allocated for it in council budgets for
the next 10 years.
And none will be added, until a network operating plan
specifying preferred routes for pedestrian, cycle, public
transport and freight networks, is finalised with the
The draft, although not included in the final strategy until
more consultation with the community and stakeholders has
been done, identifies Riccarton Rd and Dukes Rd as the
priority freight routes for the future.
Other options for additional priority freight routes include
the Outram-Allanton Rd, Wingatui Rd and Gladstone Rd North.
Bus routes, cycle lanes and other traffic would be
prioritised on Gordon Rd south of Factory Rd and on the Bush
Rd-Factory Rd corridor.
Once the plan is refined, the cost of the project will be
able to be identified, allowing the council to apply to have
the project included in the NZTA's three-yearly regional land
transport plan, probably in the 2018-21 plan.
In the meantime, some work will go ahead.
There is money ($4.2 million) tagged, most of it from
development contributions, for road improvements between
Hagart-Alexander Dr/Centre Rd and Wingatui Rd, upgrading
Cemetery Rd and creating a road to link Mosgiel west with
Riccarton Rd East, to be done between 2015 and 2018.
The strategy also outlines plans to develop a parking
To meet the strategy's aim of increasing safety, travel
choices and more vibrant centres and to support the spatial
plan, the strategy says the council will move towards
providing parking more on the peripheries of centres, with
less on-street parking overall and more council off-street
The council also intends to work with KiwiRail and other
stakeholders to look into the feasibility and merit of
further developing the inland port at the Taieri Industrial
Estate, so freight does not have to be trucked to and from
the port through the city.
Cr Kate Wilson, who chaired the hearings subcommittee
considering submissions on the integrated transport strategy,
said one of the first jobs of the new Mosgiel-Taieri ward
councillor and community board would be to have a series of
meetings on heavy traffic in Mosgiel, to determine the
community's position on it and the implications of moving it.