The Waimakariri District Council (WDC) commissioned ViaStrada to undertake a high level assessment of the possible western bypass options for Woodend and in particular to determine whether the conclusion reached by Transit, to eliminate further consideration of the full western options, was sound.
The need for the assessment had arisen from the Council expressing concern, that the four options Transit New Zealand presented to the community in July 2007 are not the only viable options.
Transit embarked on the Woodend Transport Study by way of a consultation process in 2006, with the aim of identifying how the traffic on State Highway 1 (SH1) through Woodend is managed in future. We have assessed this process against good practice indicators and by seeking comment from the community who were involved in the process. We have also looked at the potential bypass corridors to the west and assessed those in terms of viability.
The assessment report can be found on the WDC website.
The assessment team comprised of Jeanette and Warren, with peer review by Axel.