Geraldine Transport Strategy
Public consultation on the draft Geraldine Transport Strategy closed in November 2020.
93 submissions were received during the consultation period. A summary of feedback received, including independent recommendations for revising the strategy based on community feedback, is available to view here:
The Geraldine Community Board, Timaru District Council Officers and key stakeholders will consider public feedback and work to finalise the Strategy in 2021. This will then be recommended for adoption by Council. The adopted Strategy will be available to view on this webpage in due course.
About The Draft Strategy
Geraldine is on a busy tourist route between Christchurch and Queenstown and is experiencing increasing traffic volumes. This presents an opportunity for Geraldine to maximise the economic opportunities from passing through tourists. The economy is also founded on the agricultural industry which relies on an efficient transport system for the import and export of its products. The transport system in Geraldine currently has a heavy focus on personal car use.
However, with an increasing global focus on sustainable transport and an aging population in Geraldine that is likely to rely on modes other than personal vehicles, there is a growing need to better provide for walking and cycling.
The transport system is therefore pivotal to the success of Geraldine. To extract the most from the transport system for the people of Geraldine and its visitors, the Timaru District Council (TDC) is developing a 30-year transport strategy to guide investment in the transport system.
What is the vision for Geraldine?
The strategic vision for Geraldine’s transport system is to provide safe access for all types of travel and promote economic growth by enabling tourism and freight. This is described further through the four objectives:
What are the problems in Geraldine?
- Walking and cycling accessibility: Lack of connectivity and crossing points between residential areas and the key locations such as the schools, the domain, and the swimming pool.
- Quality of pedestrian facilities: Narrow and uneven footpaths that are unsafe/ inconvenient, particularly for the increasing aging population.
- Unsafe/ poor performing intersections: Congestion at Talbot Street/ Cox Street intersection and the confusing layout and safety concerns at Kennedy Street/ SH79 intersection.
- State Highway 79 Routing: SH traffic being led along Cox Street where there are sensitive land uses and high pedestrian activity. Also contributes to the congestion at Talbot Street/ Cox Street intersection.
- Parking: Lack of parking for over dimension vehicles.
- Vehicle speeds: High vehicle operating speeds.
What is proposed?
The transport strategy identifies the priority routes for each mode of transport. A priority route is where a mode is encouraged by either improving the facilities along the route to make it safer, faster or easier, or to discourage the use of other modes by making it slower or less convenient. The preferred long-term priority routes are shown in the map below.
A package of infrastructure improvements are proposed to achieve the desired modal priority along these routes.
Connects the residential areas with the high school, primary school, town centre (Talbot Street) and the Domain.
School children are generally separated from the key traffic routes.
Change to the state highway route – vehicles diverted from Cox Street to Talbot Street and Kennedy Street, that is away from the sensitive and uses and to pass along commercial and industrial areas.
Expected to mitigate the congestion issue at Cox Street/ Talbot Street intersection and safety issues.
Primarily focused around providing good connectivity between the residential areas, the high school, the Domain, recreational cycling routes and the swimming pool.
Full Draft Strategy Document
When will the strategy be delivered?
The infrastructure improvement programme has been phased into short term (0 – 3yrs), medium term (3 – 10yrs) and long term (10 – 30yrs) periods. Funding is yet to be allocated to these initiatives.
The walking improvements are phased to be delivered in the short-to-medium term whereas cycling improvements are generally phased in the medium term.
The network improvements are mostly phased to be delivered in the long term apart from lower cost options such as a speed limit reductions and parking improvements. A number of other factors such as the priority in terms of the practical need and interactions with other infrastructure projects will also influence the timing of the programme delivery over the next 30 years.
Last updated: 24 Feb 2021