Plans to make it easier and safer to scoot, walk, drive, cycle or bus around Christchurch will be considered by the Council.
Christchurch City Council received up to $25 million in funding from the Government’s Climate Emergency Response Fund – Transport Choices programme to reduce vehicle kilometres travelled and the city’s carbon emissions.
“The aim of the programme is to deliver transport projects to create cycle connections, walkable neighbourhoods, sustainable school travel and public transport improvements,” Head of Transport Lynette Ellis says.
“We have focussed a lot of our projects in the city’s east, especially around Linwood and Bromley, as they were highlighted as lacking in travel choice.”
At the upcoming 21 and 22 September meeting, Councillors will hear deputations from about 70 groups and individuals before considering reports on the 10 different programmes of work.
The key projects include:
The plans were out for feedback from residents through June and July and overall the Council received more than 1,000 submissions and comments.
“The team has made a number of tweaks to the plans based on what we heard from locals,” Ms Ellis says.
“In particular, we’ve shifted a signalised crossing on Cashmere Road and reinstated timed car parks on Aldwins Road to keep access to the local businesses.”
“The funding agreement means the projects have to be completed by June 2024, so the team is working incredibly hard to meet that deadline,” Ms Ellis says.