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Christchurch City Council Media Release 23 October 2001

Proposed Northern Roading Strategy Out For Consultation

A comprehensive strategy proposed for improving the road network of northern Christchurch has been released today for public consultation.

The Northern Roading Options Scoping Study (NROSS) is being undertaken by traffic consultants Traffic Design Group on behalf of Transit New Zealand and the Christchurch City Council, along with Environment Canterbury, the Waimakariri District Council and the Hurunui District Council.

Transit regional manager Robin Odams says the preferred strategy - identified through testing and refining six initial strategies - contains a number of individual projects which can be constructed over a period of time to provide incremental improvements to the road network in northern Christchurch.

Key improvements identified during the extensive assessment include upgrading Main North Road, the Chaneys/Marshland Road link, Cranford Street and Hills Road; construction of the rural Northern Arterial from Chaneys through to QEII Drive (as confirmed in the City Plan) and creation of a bypass west of Belfast from the Northern Motorway to Johns Road.

A number of smaller, complementary works mainly south of QE II Drive are also included in the preferred strategy. These include intersection upgrades, new road links and new traffic signals at a number of intersections.

"The preferred strategy has been outlined in a 16 page booklet, Towards a solution for northern Christchurch roading problems, which is now available," he says. "The booklet describes the preferred strategy in detail, and explains how each component would contribute to overall improvement to the road network.

"We are now beginning the public consultation phase, which involves meeting with a number of interest groups and affected parties, four public open days, and receiving submissions. A response form is included in the consultation booklet.

"Transit New Zealand and Christchurch City Council have yet to formally consider the strategy.

"The NROSS study team is looking to fully canvass public opinion on the preferred strategy, which will then be a key input into the final report."

Christchurch City Council Transport Policy Leader Stuart Woods, also a member of the NROSS study team says that the issues to be addressed by the proposals to ease roading pressure in the north of the city are significant, and will require considerable expenditure over coming years. "The right solution needs to be identified and supported by the public and the funding authorities."

He says the open days will provide members of the public with an opportunity to discuss the preferred strategy with study team members. "It is important that we gather comprehensive feedback from the community, interest groups and road users."

Stuart Woods says the public should note that the preferred strategy takes a long-term view. As yet, no decisions have been made about individual projects, timing or priority. These issues will be further investigated in more detail once the final reported is adopted by Transit and Christchurch City Council.

Towards a solution for northern Christchurch roading problems is available from Christchurch City Council - Civic Offices service centres and libraries, and from Environment Canterbury, the Waimakariri District Council, the Hurunui District Council and Transit New Zealand. It is also available as a PDF formatted download from the Transit New Zealand website,

The four public open days, which will run from 4pm until 8pm at the following locations:

Members of the study team will be available for discussions

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