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Comments on Two City Transport Projects Needed by 8.9.14

Published: Thu 28 Aug 2014 03:12 PM
Comments on Two Central City Transport Projects Needed by
8 September 2014
Residents, property owners, organisations and businesspeople have only 10 days left to provide feedback on two key Central City transport projects<http://resources.ccc.govt.nz/images/cityleisure/projectstoimprovechristchurch/transport/AAC/ACCProject1AreaMap.jpg>; Hospital Corner early works and Hagley / Moorhouse Corner.
The final date for the public to make a response is 5pm on Monday 8 September 2014.
Both projects are aimed at supporting the new Central City anchor projects such as the bus interchange, which is due to open in 2015. They also incorporate new ways of sharing the road space available to cars, buses, bicycles, and pedestrians in the face of changing and competing demands over the next 30 years.
Christchurch City Council Transport and Research Unit Manager Richard Osborne says, “More than 350 people have attended the drop-in sessions to discuss the detail in these transport projects with Council staff, and so far we have received 60 responses.
“People are commenting on the proposed design for the Hagley / Lincoln / Moorhouse intersection. The current intersection has a number of capacity and safety issues that the proposals seek to address. The design for this area proposes that the intersection of Lincoln Road and Moorhouse Avenue effectively becomes a “T” intersection, with traffic travelling along Lincoln Road toward the Central City only able to turn left or right onto Moorhouse Avenue. The “T” intersection has a longer green light phase, which will move a lot more traffic through the intersection. Another aspect of the design proposes a new signalised, protected right-turn from Moorhouse Avenue west into Lincoln Road.
“The proposed changes act to reduce traffic pressures past the Hospital and are intended to dovetail with the Hospital redevelopment plans, along with the wider proposals of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan.
“Parking is also something people are interested in. While there will be a net overall loss of 14 car parking spaces in the Hagley / Moorhouse project area, there will be 23 additional angle car parking spaces near the netball courts.
“For the Hospital Corner area, the first phase stage would see the net loss is 51 on-street car parking spaces. Parking provision around the Hospital campus is being planned as part of other projects. To offset the reduction of on-street car parks, a short-term off-street car park of up to 800 spaces has been established on the old “Brewery” site on the corner of St Asaph and Antigua Streets,” Mr Osborne says.
The Council will be holding its final community drop-in session on Wednesday 3 September 11am–3pm at the BNZ Lounge, EPIC, 96 Manchester Street. People will be able to speak to Council and CERA staff and make a response on the two transport projects.
At Hospital Corner, including Oxford Street and Tuam Street, the proposed changes include:
• Oxford Terrace will no longer provide a route for cars heading into the Central City. It will be restricted to hospital and local business access vehicles, taxis, cyclists and pedestrians, with the final layout determined as part of the Avon River Precinct / Te Papa Ōtākaro project works.
• Tuam Street becomes one-way for city-bound traffic and will be in the 30 kilometre per hour zone.
• A separated bus lane heading towards Riccarton on Tuam Street between Antigua Street and Hagley Avenue.
• The bus stop on Oxford Terrace adjacent to the hospital will be relocated to Tuam Street.
• A bus ‘super stop’ is planned on both sides of Tuam Street as part of Stage 2 completion works.
• The existing exit from Christchurch Hospital at Oxford Terrace remains open, but vehicles can only travel south along Antigua Street.
• St Asaph Street is extended as a one-way street westbound all the way to Hagley Park.
• Overall, there will be a net loss of 51 car parking spaces in the Hospital Corner project area as part of Stage 1 early works. To offset the reduction of on-street car parks, a short-term off-street car park (of up to 800 spaces) has been established on the old “Brewery” site on the corner of St Asaph and Antigua Streets.
At Hagley / Moorhouse Corner and surrounding streets proposed changes include:
• Converting Hagley Avenue, Lincoln Road, Grove Road and Moorhouse Avenue intersection to a T-intersection.
• Hagley Avenue will be closed at the Moorhouse Avenue intersection except for a left turn out of Hagley Avenue onto Moorhouse Avenue.
• Hagley Avenue becomes one-way from Selwyn Street to Moorhouse Avenue.
• Provision of 23 additional car parking spaces near the netball courts.
• Overall, there will be a net loss of 14 car parking spaces in the Hagley / Moorhouse project area.
• The existing path in Hagley Park will be widened to a four-metre-wide shared pedestrian/cycle path.
• No exit from Grove Road onto Moorhouse Avenue.
• Provide improved bus, cycling and pedestrian connections between the Central City and southern suburbs.
• A new signalled cycle crossing between Grove Road and Hagley Park.
• Provide a new protected right-turn from Moorhouse Avenue west to Lincoln Road.
Feedback on these two transport projects can be made a number of ways:
• Through the Council’s website: www.ccc.govt.nz/haveyoursay<http://www.ccc.govt.nz/haveyoursay/>
• By email: AACtransportprojects@ccc.govt.nzAACtransportprojects@ccc.govt.nz>
(Please make sure your full name and address is included with your response)
• In writing to:
Freepost 178 (no stamp required)
AAC Transport Projects
Capital Investigations
Christchurch City Council
PO Box 73011
Christchurch 8154
Further information about these two transport projects and the consultation process is available online atwww.ccc.govt.nz/haveyoursay<http://www.ccc.govt.nz/haveyoursay> and www.ccc.govt.nz/AACtransportprojects<http://www.ccc.govt.nz/AACtransportprojects>
General information about the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan and An Accessible City can be found atwww.ccdu.govt.nz/the-plan<http://www.ccdu.govt.nz/the-plan>
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