Geraldine Transport Strategy

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Geraldine Transport Strategy

Public consultation on the Draft Geraldine Transport Strategy is open now and will close at 5pm on Sunday 29th November. Click here to view the proposed projects and provide your feedback.

Why are we doing this?

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:

Image descibes the 4 objectives which are - Safe: A transport system where there are no deaths or serious injuriesAccess to all types of travel: A transport system that provides a range of options to move around the townTourism: A transport system that encourages visitors to spend time and money in GeraldineFreight: A transport system that enables efficient movement of freight

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?

View the draft Geraldine Transport Strategy and proposed projects on the Geraldine Transport Consultation Website

We are seeking your feedback!

Public consultation on the draft Geraldine Transport Strategy is open from Monday 9th November through to 5pm Sunday 29th November. Here’s how you can have your say on the proposed projects:

Can't do it online? From Monday 9th November 2020 you can pick up a feedback form from Council officers at 78 Talbot Street Geraldine and free post to:

Freepost Authority Number 95136
Geraldine Transport Strategy
Timaru District Council
PO Box 522
Timaru 7940

Submissions made to Council, will be included in papers available to Council, media and the public. If requested, Council is legally required to make all written and electronic submissions available to the public, including name and the contact details of the submitter, subject to the provisions of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987. If you believe there are compelling reasons why your contact details or submissions should be kept confidential, please contact us.

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: 27 Nov 2020