Southern Transport Package

 

National is committed to investing in our regions up and down the country and delivering high quality and much needed transport projects to save jobs, improve safety and increase opportunities around the country.

As part of National’s record $31 billion transport infrastructure investment over and above current government funding, we are committing to a range of projects across Dunedin, Invercargill, Queenstown and the wider Southern region totaling $140 million in new funding. National will also commit to the Queenstown NZ Upgrade project funded by the current government.

Safety improvements are at the core of the package. You can view the Southern Transport Package Policy Factsheet here.

Dunedin and the wider region is growing, and traffic volumes on the route between Dunedin and Mosgiel have increased by approximately 13 per cent in the last four years. Between 2006 and 2015, 12 people were killed and 66 were seriously injured in crashes on this stretch of road. National will fund and fast track work on this stretch of SH1, including widening the shoulders where possible in high-risk sections, putting in flexible roadside safety barriers to stop drivers running off the road, and widening the road.

Across the region National will also:

  • Work with the Dunedin City Council and the Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board to investigate a heavy traffic bypass for Mosgiel.

  • Immediately begin work to deliver passing lanes and safety improvements on the road between Queenstown and Te Anau, a critical connector for tourists to the region.

  • Direct NZTA to work with the District Council to put in place a systematic bridge upgrade programme over the next decade, with funding shared between NZTA and the Council. There are 850 bridges in Southland, with 171 needing replacement within the next twelve years.

  • Fund and fast-track the replacement of the Beaumont Bridge, which provides an important link over the Clutha River on the road connecting Dunedin with Central Otago and onto Queenstown. We will also double-lane and upgrade the Orari Bridge in Geraldine.

  • Explore whether commuter rail between Dunedin and Mosgiel could make sense for Dunedin. There are 30,000 vehicle movements per day between Mosgiel and Dunedin, with 75 per cent bound for the Dunedin CBD. National will provide $100,000 for a feasibility study. If the feasibility study is robust and warrants further investigation, National will fund up to $300,000 through NZTA for a limited trial of the service, working with KiwiRail to make it happen.

  • Provide support for an exciting cycling project, the Dunedin Tunnel Trails, a 15km cycle and walking trail between Dunedin and Mosgiel. National will work with local government to ensure the delivery of the full Dunedin Tunnels Trail over the next decade, with $10 million allocated as an initial investment. 

The Southern Transport Package will increase safety in the region, improve resilience, and increase economic opportunities for southern residents. I am looking forward to delivering this package in government. Where Labour talks, National delivers.

You can view the Southern Transport Package Policy Factsheet here.