Council plans internet tool for travellers

Denis Mander
Denis Mander
The Queenstown Lakes District Council wants to improve transport options for travellers through a route-planning internet tool.

Council infrastructure strategy manager Denis Mander said the council was seeking a professional service provider to provide a user-friendly internet tool to inform travellers about walking, cycling and public transport options in the district.

Users would choose a start and end point, and the website would create a detailed travel itinerary taking in public transport, walking and cycling options.

The website would supply maps with directions, including nearest bus stops and walking/cycling routes.

The itineraries would outline journey time, distance and difficulty of the route.

Mr Mander said the web-based tool was part of the council's travel awareness and travel behaviour change programmes.

The Otago Regional Council intended to improve bus services in the Wakatipu from July this year.

"A key part of this is ensuring people get good information about bus, walking and cycling transport options within the district," he said.

The Wellington Regional Council had a similar website in operation.

"We are looking at a web-based tool as a viable option for Queenstown.

"We are taking the idea to the market to see if it is feasible in a district our size," Mr Mander said.

He estimated the council would have to spend up to $15,000 for set-up costs.

Providers were invited to submit a tender to the council, outlining relevant experience and budgets, including ongoing costs of maintaining the service.

Mr Mander said the service could also be expanded to include the itineraries to be sent to travellers' cellphones by text message.

The service would allow ratepayers and tourists to have more awareness of public transport, walking and cycling travel options.

It would encourage people to use sustainable modes of transport and, hopefully, reduce traffic congestion in the resort, he said.

The deadline for interested providers is Wednesday, March 3.

Once a preferred provider was chosen, the proposal would go to councillors for approval.

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