A Queenstown developer is spending more than $5 million
on a section of the long-awaited eastern access road on
Frankton Flats in the hope it will motivate authorities to
finish the congestion-easing ring-road.
Remarkables Park Ltd co-director Alastair Porter ordered
earthworks to begin in earnest this week to build a 650m
piece of the unsealed access road, plus two 200m-long
intersecting roads, saying: ''We just can't wait any
Queenstown Lakes District Council chief executive Adam
Feeley, however, said the council could not responsibly
commit public money until planning issues were resolved and
disagreeing parties in litigation reached a compromise.
Mr Porter said he hoped the extension, due to be finished in
mid-April, would soon become part of the completed loop-road
from the existing Remarkables Park Town Centre around
Queenstown Airport's runway end safety area (in a corridor
cut into the area's terraced platform) to intersect with the
existing industrial Glenda Dr, pass Shotover Park and
continue north to connect with the equally long-awaited
roundabout on State Highway 6-Ladies Mile.
The community, 160 businesses on Glenda Dr and Shotover Park
and 60 businesses in Remarkables Park Town Centre stood to
benefit from the eastern access road bringing customers
direct from State Highway 6-Ladies Mile.
Passengers had missed flights from Queenstown Airport because
they had underestimated the growing volume of traffic slowing
them down on the Frankton Flats, Mr Porter said.
And there was ''an urgent need'' for development wanting to
start on the Remarkables Park side - the new high school, new
houses and the doubling in size of the town centre.
''But it's really only a step in the direction of the need to
sort out the State Highway 6-Glenda Dr dangerous intersection
and the traffic around the Frankton Flats,'' Mr Porter said.
''Only a week or so ago there was a queue stretching from the
BP [service station] roundabout ... to the Shotover Bridge.''
Mr Porter said he was seeking the co-operation of the New
Zealand Transport Agency and the council to complete the
Mr Porter, a former Queenstown Chamber of Commerce chairman,
said the cost of more than $5 million was ''a major
contribution'' from Remarkables Park and it would have to be
a credit against future roading levies.
''We've been waiting for years for this road to be opened and
we've been promised in the past this road would be developed
Chief executive Adam Feeley said while resolution of the
eastern access road would satisfy Mr Porter, it cannot, in
fairness to all other parties affected, occur without
resolution of the other planning issues.
''The reality is that the eastern access road could be
developed tomorrow if all parties were to compromise on the
various pieces of ongoing litigation,'' Mr Feeley said.
The council ''has endeavoured to lead a process of mediation,
but there has not been a willingness from all parties to sign
"We can only responsibly commit public money to the
development when there is certainty around all development
issues, and we are still awaiting compromise for a settlement
Transport agency Otago-Southland Highway manager Ian Duncan
said the eastern access road would eventually be part of the
council's roading network.
The agency would consider any application from the council
for the further development of its roading network, Mr Duncan
But while the eastern access road would provide more direct
access to the Remarkables Park from the east, it would
provide only modest congestion relief over the busy summer