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The first feedback round and the public’s first look at the proposed changes by a multi-agency group, including the NZ Transport Agency and Dunedin City and Otago Regional Councils, closed yesterday — without the project consultants’ work being made public.
It could be October before the public sees the information now held by the multi-agency group.
The group received the consultants’ report in June.
Earlier this week, the New Zealand Automobile Association called for the report to be made public.
The association said the public had been asked to give feedback on options "based on streetscape images, without any information" on the implications for traffic.
As preparations are made to build a new hospital in the city centre, proposals for the changes to Dunedin streets include scrapping the one-way state highway system through the city centre and creating "more options for car-free travel" in a project expected to cost at least $100million.
Joint client lead and city council transport strategy manager Nick Sargent said the work done by project consultant Stantec would be used in future but the group was at the "ideas stage".
"The work is ongoing and is part of a suite of information the project team is gathering to help inform the business case process," Mr Sargent said.
"Other information includes the outcome of the current public engagement and other technical studies.
"It is important to remember that this is a first step in the feedback process to build the business case for the change that inevitably follows a major building, the size of the new hospital with its particular requirements for access, being built on a busy highway artery."
A week before the consultation round ended, Mr Sargent confirmed the project group would not release the city-centre traffic-modelling information until it had been reviewed, despite the group confirming it had received the information in June.
At the time, he said only one-third of about 300 respondents were in favour of doing away with the one-way system.
This week, Mr Sargent said the feedback received over the past month "highlighted the importance of the traffic-modelling information being available as part of the next stages of public engagement".
The AA wrote a four-page submission, which it also released as a media statement this week, saying getting rid of the one-way roads could make traffic "substantially worse" in the city and criticised the "poor process" used in the public engagement.
An NZTA spokesman said more than 700 people had completed the online survey and more than 440 comments had been made online and the group expected to share more information on the project in October.
More information on the feedback it had received over the past month was expected to be released next week.