THE Northern Territory Government last week announced a new study that will investigate the Stuart Highway and plan for future transport capacity travelling into the Darwin CBD through to 2030, with community engagement set to commence this month.
Transport Minister Peter Styles said as Darwin's population was growing rapidly and the city was continuing to develop, an informed infrastructure investment strategy was required to ensure responsible planning and accommodate future growth predictions.
The Stuart Park Transport Study will include input from local community and businesses, traffic modelling, future growth and development scenarios, public transport options and land use planning. The study will focus on the section of the Stuart Highway from Bagot Road to McMinn Street and examine the area that this section of road serves, both locally and the wider catchment.
The study is being undertaken by consultants Parsons Brinckerhoff, with stakeholder feedback being sought to help develop options and recommendations. The study will also inform, and be informed by, the Darwin Regional Land Use Plan, CBD Masterplan – City of Darwin, the Carparking Strategy, the Darwin Regional Transport Study and the Cycle Path Network Review.
Lands, Planning and Environment Minister Peter Chandler said key objectives of the study included planning for traffic/transport through Stuart Park for future traffic demand, providing a high level of service to commuter traffic, the consideration of road safety, amenity, and the road being an entrance to the Darwin CBD.
"It's vital we cater for the needs of local businesses, improve local connectivity between residential areas and activity centres for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians and also take into consideration current and future needs of public transport," Mr Chandler said.
"The outcome of the study is to ensure a detailed development of transport infrastructure works for a range of future planning horizons."