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Queenstown Town Centre Arterial Road

Construction of Stage 1 of the Queenstown Town Centre Arterial Road is underway.

About the project Town Centre traffic impacts What's the latest Plans and illustrations

About the project

  • The Queenstown Town Centre Arterial is a key enabling project for the Queenstown Town Centre.  Stage 1 will link Melbourne and Henry Streets, removing general traffic from Stanley Street and unlocking a range of other investments that will vastly improve the town centre experience for locals and visitors.  

    The need to look at an alternative roading solution to address traffic and congestion in the town centre has been identified in a number of strategies and studies since the early 2000s including the 2005 FutureLinks Transport and Parking Strategy, 2008 and 2014 Inner Links Study and 2017 Queenstown Town Centre Masterplan Town Centre Arterials indicative business case.  All of these strategies and studies have been subject to community engagement, highlighting that this is a project that already has a reasonably high profile across the district.  

    The full route is made up of three stages:

    • Stage 1: Melbourne / Henry Street (construction starts on 27 September)

    • Stage 2: Gorge Road to Hay Street

    • Stage 3: Hay Street to One Mile Roundabout

    The project was granted consent under the new COVID-19 (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020.   Full details of this process, including the decision and associated reports, can be found on the Environmental Protection Authority website: 

    Stage 1 is jointly funded by the Government's shovel ready fund ($50m) and QLDC ($15m).

  • This part of the project is not currently funded for construction.

    A Community Liaison Group has been set up and will meet for the first time later in March. The purpose of this group is to share updates and invite feedback as we progress detailed design for stages 2 and 3 of the new road.  

    Stage 2 – Gorge Road to Hay Street: Further work on the design is underway, including a focus on providing an active travel connection down Man Street.   

    Stage 3 – Hay Street to One Mile: Works associated with the Lakeview project (Hay Street to Glasgow Street) have been progressed into construction.  

    Further design work for Glasgow Street down to and including a new roundabout at One Mile will be considered early next year. 

    If you have any questions about stages 2 and 3 of the Town Centre Arterial Road, please contact our Transport Strategy Manager, Tony Pickard via email:

  • A project to build an Arterial Road around the Queenstown Town Centre has been under discussion since the early 2000s when Council released the FutureLinks Strategy for community engagement. 

    Since  then it has been part of various transport strategies and most recently part of the Queenstown Town Centre Masterplan and a detailed business case for transport improvements all the way from Ladies Mile, through Frankton  and into and around Queenstown Town Centre.  

    View the Council's existing transport strategies here

    View information about the Frankton to Queenstown detailed business case here 

  • The full recommended Town Centre Arterial route is not without its challenges.   

    Stage 2 will involve the demolition of the existing Queenstown Memorial Centre facility.

    The Memorial Centre is part of the fabric of the performing arts and returned services community and the Council is committed to proactively working together on a solution for a replacement facility.  

    It is currently a proposed condition of the designation that the Memorial Centre cannot be demolished (effectively Stage 2 of the road cannot be constructed) until Council has, through its Ten Year Plan process, and after further consultation with users, confirmed a timeframe, funding and programme for the construction of new facilities.

    The Council will be engaging with existing users of the facilities soon.   

  • We’ve pulled together a list of frequently asked questions about the project, including general information and specific details about what to expect during construction.

    If you have a question that hasn’t already been answered here, please get in touch with Catherine Edmeades, the Communication and Stakeholder Manager for Kā Huanui a Tāhuna. 

    Phone: 021 235 0809


    If Catherine can’t answer your questions, she’ll put you in touch with someone who can.


Town Centre traffic impacts

Check out a map illustrating the ongoing works and disruption in the Queenstown Town Centre. This map is updated weekly.

What's the latest?

From late-March until late 2023, crews will be building a new road layout to create the gateway to Stage 1 of the new road. Deep trenches will be dug to upgrade underground services and the road will be widened and rebuilt, creating a safer intersection at Melbourne Street and Frankton Road, as well as more space for buses, walking and cycling. Lower traffic at this time means it’s an opportunity to minimise disruption.

Over this time there will be quite a bit of disruption to a 200m stretch of Frankton Road between Suburb Street and Adelaide Street.

If you travel into town regularly you can expect:

  • Two lane traffic is maintained but the lanes will be narrow

  • Speed limit reduced to 30km/hr

  • Intersection closures

  • Changes to bus stop locations

  • Access for walking and cycling maintained

Please take care in this area – slow down, stay alert and follow all signage in place.

We know these disruptions can be challenging and we’re grateful for the support, patience and open dialogue so far. The construction underway is significant but please remember it won’t last forever and will be worth it.

Plans and illustrations

These are very large files. If you are having trouble downloading them, please get in touch and we can provide you a printed copy. 

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