18 Jan 2021

Christchurch City Council is seeking public feedback on its plan to turn City Mall into a shared zone.

“City Mall is currently a pedestrian mall but we want to make it a shared zone area like Oxford Terrace,’’ says Council Transport Operations Manager Steffan Thomas.

“Oxford Terrace links directly to the City Mall so it makes sense for there to be a consistent environment. We think that will make it safer for all road users,’’ Mr Thomas says.

Under the proposed changes a 10km/h speed limit would be introduced in City Mall and cycling would be permitted.

Goods vehicles would be allowed into City Mall in the mornings only.

“Currently goods vehicles are allowed to access City Mall and Oxford Terrace between 5am and 10am and between 4pm and 11pm but we are proposing to restrict their access to mornings only when there are fewer people around and less potential for conflict.

“In the evenings there are often large crowds gathered around the bars and restaurants so there are potential safety risks if goods vehicles are driving through the area,’’ Mr Thomas says.

“For safety reasons, we are also going to be installing retractable bollards at the intersection of Oxford Terrace and Hereford Street. Emergency vehicles and the tram will still be able to access the area at all times.’’

The public have until Thursday 18 February to give their feedback on the proposed changes to City Mall.

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*Council staff will be at the Bridge of Remembrance on Thursday 28 January between 12.30 and 1.30pm to answer any questions people might have about the proposed changes.