An artist's impression of a possible cycle lane on
Dunedin's southbound one-way system. Image supplied.
Funding for the further development of cycle lane options
proposed for Dunedin's one-way system has passed its first
The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) will probably fund
cycle lanes on the state highways through the central city.
Otago Regional Council transport policy manager Dr Jane
Turnbull said the regional land transport committee agreed
earlier this month to recommend the council vary the 2012-15
Otago Regional Land Transport Programme (RLTP) by up to $1
million to make the money available for continued work on the
project in this funding round.
That would include up to $125,000 to develop a business case
for the three options on the table (all involving a separated
cycle lane), up to $200,000 for detailed design work (subject
to the outcome of the business case), and the remainder for
some construction work in the 2014-15 year should the project
progress that far before the present RLTP ended.
The council would consider the recommendation at its May 7
meeting. If it approved the variation, it would be sent to
the NZTA for it to consider whether it agreed to vary the
current National Land Transport Programme.
The full cost of the lanes is expected to be about $4.5
million, the cost of which is realistically expected to be
promoted for inclusion in the 2015-18 land transport
The request for variation came from the NZTA's highway and
network operations arm.
A letter from project team leader Simon Underwood requesting
the variations said it was very unlikely the project would be
progressed to the construction stage by the end of this RLTP
It was expected the business case would be ready by December
this year or January 2015. Subject to the outcome of that,
the detailed design work would likely start mid-year.
Dr Turnbull said it was decided to seek the variation for the
larger amount to avoid having to repeat the variation process
should it progress more quickly than expected.