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Last modified: 29 Jul 2020 10:32am

Artists impression of redeveloped Wordsworth Street

We’re seeking feedback on proposed changes to the roading layout of Tennyson and Wordsworth Streets, which are planned as part of the Rolleston town centre upgrade project.

The proposed roading designs for the Tennyson Street upgrades and the Wordsworth Street extension are now available for the public to view. For more information and to complete a feedback form go to

Tennyson Street upgrades overview

It’s proposed that Tennyson Street has a 30km/h speed limit with 3.2m-wide traffic lanes, regular kerb extensions and raised platforms. This design creates a safe environment for cyclists when sharing the road with motor vehicles.

Some key design features include:

· capacity for forecast peak hour traffic volume of 500 to 600 vehicles per hour

· footpaths on each side of the road are wide while still providing space for traffic lanes and parking. The paths on each side of  the street can also be used by cyclists (cycle lanes have not   been proposed).

Wordsworth Street extension overview

A pedestrian-friendly, slow speed environment is also proposed in Wordsworth Street, which will be extended through to Tennyson Street as part of the town centre project.

The configuration of the road has been designed to encourage slow vehicle speeds and incorporates a narrow carriageway and raised platforms at the primary pedestrian crossing points. The existing cul-de-sac turning head will be removed because the road will ultimately connect to the town centre. The street cross-section provides space to accommodate two-way vehicle movement and on-street parking. As with Tennyson Street, the design provides footpaths that are a minimum of 3.5m wide.

The proposed configuration for the southern section of Wordsworth Street has a 6m wide road with kerb and channel, a 1.8m wide footpath on one side of the road and 2.5m wide shared path on the reserve side of the road.

Some key design features include:

· designated space for vehicles, while pedestrians and cyclists will be free to travel anywhere

· 33 parking spaces for users of the tennis courts, reserve and Scout den along the road in a mix of parallel parking bays and right-angle bays

· separate off-road car park with 12 spaces near the Playcentre.