The NZ Transport Agency is inviting the public to a drop-in session on Thursday to hear about plans to deal with increased traffic in Ashhurst.

The drop-in session will be held at the Ashhurst Village Valley Centre from 4pm to 7pm on Thursday.

Anyone who can't make this session, but would like to ask questions or provide feedback, can email

Portfolio manager Sarah Downs says the Ashhurst community has experienced a significant increase in traffic following the closure of State Highway 3 through the Manawatū Gorge in 2017.


"We know the additional traffic is having an impact on residents' day-to-day lives and we're committed to doing what we can to help minimise the impact as much as possible," Downs says.

"The drop-in session is an opportunity for the community to hear about the work we're doing and to ask questions or provide feedback.

"Locals know the impacts of the increased traffic on their community better than anyone, so we're encouraging them all to come along."

The agency will also provide a programme for the next stage of works so the community is up to date with the work that is happening and when.