Two-way traffic 'pivotal' to central Dunedin plan

A report on the feasibility of turning the one-way traffic system south of Queens Gardens back to a two-way system is an important aspect of a new central city plan for Dunedin, and will be the first matter considered.

The Dunedin City Council planning and environment committee yesterday voted to go ahead with the next stage of the plan.

But committee chairwoman Kate Wilson said the roading issue was "pivotal" to other aspects, and would be done first. Consultant MWH was expected to complete the work within four months.

The committee yesterday considered a report on the central city from consultant Urbanism Plus. It approved the start of the plan last year.

Major initiatives in the report include: an upgrade of the Octagon, investigating the removal of State Highway 1 from Crawford St, making Cumberland St two-way, and improvements to Queens Gardens and the historic warehouse area, which was expected to attract residential development.

No cost for the work was provided, and the issues were expected to go through the council's annual plan consultation process, Cr Wilson said.

The committee voted for the report to form the basis of the council's long-term plan for revitalising the area, and that a draft plan would be presented in January next year, so it could be considered with other priorities.


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