Transport options  |  4 Dec 2022

Transport projects encouraging walking, cycling and public transport use in Linwood are set to benefit from a Government funding boost.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has announced Christchurch City Council was successful in its bid to the Transport Choices programme for cycle network connections, walkable neighbourhoods, sustainable school travel and public transport improvements.

“I’m over the moon we’ve received this funding from Waka Kotahi. It’s going to help us get the ball rolling on some really great projects to provide more transport choices to residents, particularly in the Linwood area,” Mayor Phil Mauger says.

“Staff focussed on Linwood because of how close it is to the central city, its potential walking and public transport connections to community hubs like Eastgate or Te Pou Toetoe: Linwood Pool and the number of schools there.”

“It shows we’re really committed to reducing our transport emissions, but also committed to making it safer and easier to use alternative travel options in the city’s east.”

While Linwood, Bromley and Woolston have the bulk of the projects, there are also cycle connections in other parts of the city.

These will include new markings, wayfinding, intersection improvements and cycle parking.

Waka Kotahi Manager Urban Mobility Kathryn King says she is pleased Christchurch City Council has received funding as part of the Transport Choices programme. 

“The Transport Choices programme is supporting councils to give people more options in the way they travel. I’m pleased to say we received an outstanding response from councils around the country, embracing the opportunity to provide greater transport choices for their communities. 

“Funding criteria specified projects that would deliver strategic cycling/micro mobility networks; create walkable neighbourhoods; support healthy school travel; or make public transport easier to use.   

“The aim is to open up streets so everyone can get where they need to go in ways that are good for their health and the planet.”

Council is now working with Waka Kotahi to finalise the cost share agreement, the programme and scope of the projects.

Transport Choices funding is currently indicative until Waka Kotahi works with Councils to explore how projects can be progressed in line with Transport Choices timeframes. Funding allocations may be adjusted after this consultation.