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Queenstown Town Centre Arterial Road

The Queenstown Town Centre Arterial project is proceeding to the next stage.  Get the latest on this important project.  

About the project Project status Plans and illustrations Acoustic assessments Got a question? Upcoming disruptions
  • 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

    • Stage 2: Gorge Road to Hay Street

    • Stage 3: Hay Street to One Mile Roundabout

    The project was included as a listed project in the new COVID-19 (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020 meaning it is automatically eligible for a new fast track approval process instead of requiring authorisation under the Resource Management Act.

    The Council was also awarded $50m to deliver Stage 1 of the project as part of the Government’s nationwide package to aid the recovery from COVID-19.  A further $15m will be contributed by the Council. 

  • 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.   


Project status

On Friday 16 April, The Expert  Consenting Panel released their decision  on Council's application to designate the full corridor of the proposed Queenstown Town Centre Arterial Road.

The Panel has confirmed the notice of requirement for the designation and granted the applications for resource consent.

What happens next?

Now that the project is consented, there are a number of actions underway to ensure the project meets important milestones and the  conditions of the $50 million funding contribution from Crown Infrastructure Partners:

  • A Community Liaison Group (CLG) will be established for Stage 1 of the Arterial road. Membership of the CLG is open to all property owners and occupiers along the Stage 1 route.

  • An invitation to attend the first meeting will be extended by 30 April. Please email Catherine Edmeades at if you would like to join the CLG.

  • The Kaitiaki Liaison Group has been established and met for the first time on 6 May.

  • A number of service locations and geotechnical investigations will be undertaken during May and June to provide further information to the design team. These investigations will create small areas of construction activity for a few days at a time along streets along and close to the Stage 1 Arterial route. Project updates will be distributed to keep the community informed once the programme of investigations is confirmed.

  • The design team are meeting with a number of property owners along Henry Street and Melbourne Street.  These individual meetings will provide further information for the design team to progress.

  • Enabling works will begin on 1 July and the main construction works will begin on 27 September 2021.

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. 

Acoustic Assessments

Acoustic assessments were carried out over September and October 2020.     Thank you to everyone for cooperating with this process.  

  • As part of the designation process, it has been identified that some properties may experience an increase in noise as a result of the Arterial Project.

    As part of this process, the Council needs to inspect some properties along the route to ascertain whether any acoustic mitigation is required and assess whether identified properties have appropriate mechanical ventilation in place.

    The inspection will be carried out by the Council and its contractors APL Property. The inspections could take up to 1 hour.

  • If your property is part of a body corporate, we will endeavour to coordinate inspections through your complex or body corporate manager.    Please note that in most instances commercial body corporate properties are not expected to require acoustic upgrades due to their existing use of mechanical ventilation.


Got a question?

Take a look at the frequently asked questions below.   If you have a question that hasn't been answered here, please get in touch with the project team on the details below. 


Before construction starts we’re undertaking service locations so we know where all underground services are.     The investigations involve digging narrow trenches halfway across the road at a time, in nine locations along  Melbourne, Sydney and Beetham Streets.

What to expect in May

Timing of works: From 19 – 28 May 2021; Monday to Friday between 8.00am and 6.00pm

Type of work: Excavation of slot trenches and backfilling, including the use of a sawcutter, hydrovac machine and excavator.

Impact of works: There is likely to be intermittent loud noise and vibration during these works. This will be monitored by the contractors and mitigation measures put in place where required.  We will work directly with any residents or businesses that could experience greater levels of disruption. 

Road closures/diversions: Traffic may operate on a stop/go basis if there is not the space to keep traffic flowing in each direction.  Please follow the signs and take care at all times.  Access will be maintained to all properties.

Thanks for your patience.

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