|29 October 2001|
Public Involvement In Consultation Is Encouraged For Northern Roads Project
Christchurch City Council and Transit New Zealand are encouraging the public to participate in the consultation process regarding the proposed strategy for improving Christchurchs northern roading network.
The proposed strategy, identified in the Northern Roading Options Scoping Study (NROSS), was released to the public on Tuesday 23 October by the project partners (Transit New Zealand, Christchurch City Council, Environment Canterbury, the Waimakariri and Hurunui District Councils).
Christchurch City Council Transport Policy Leader, Stuart Woods, said that there had been a lot of public interest in the study, which was good.
"We have released a proposed strategy, identifying all options, including a preferred option. Public feedback is essential before a full report can be produced and recommendations provided to our respective Councils and/or Boards. It is good to see that the public are interested in the study and are holding meetings to discuss it, said Woods.
The period of consultation ends on December 21 this year.
The NROSS study identifies a number of key improvements, to local roads and State Highways, including 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 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 proposed strategy. These include intersection upgrades, new road links and new traffic signals at a number of intersections.
Transit New Zealand Regional Manager, Robin Odams, said that the proposed strategy, which aims to address Christchurchs northern roading problems over the next 20 years, would be implemented in different stages.
A booklet, Towards a solution for northern Christchurch roading problems, describing each component of the project, is now 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 (www.transit.govt.nz).
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