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Road changes around Northlands area finalised

30 July 2003

The Christchurch City Council has finalised plans for changes to the roads in the Northlands area to improve safety and access for road users.

The Christchurch City Council received more than 70 written responses and several verbal responses on the proposed developments, which were presented in a report to the Council’s Sustainable Transport and Utilities Committee, and full Council, at their April meetings.

City Council capital programme team leader Alix Newman says that while some of the changes are fixed by the conditions attached to the redevelopment of Northlands Shopping Centre, some significant decisions have been made as a result of feedback from the public.

These include:

Langdons Road (Railway to Main North Road)

  • The proposal for a Free Left Turn onto Main North Road for vehicles on Langdons Road has been rejected. The intersection remains completely signalised, in particular for the benefit of the vision impaired.
  • The proposal for a Right Turn Arrow has been rejected due to difficulties it would inflict on general traffic movements. However, the new Sisson Drive and parking buildings will change traffic movements. After the traffic has “settled down” for a while, the intersection will be reassessed and consideration given to a turn arrow.

Main North Road (Langdons Road to Sawyers Arm Road)

  • The proposal for shortening the median south of Procter Street has been rejected. Its separating function is important to traffic safety on the road.
  • The bus stop outside No. 50 Main North Road (just south of Proctor Street) and outside No. 72 Main North Road (40m south of Halliwell Avenue) will be relocated to outside Nos. 54 and 56 Main North Road (just north of Proctor Street) and bus shelters provided for passengers.
  • Traffic signals will be installed at the new entrance to the mall at Halliwell Avenue intersection. Halliwell Avenue will also be clearly marked as a No-Exit street.

Sawyers Arms Road (from Main North Road to the Railway)

  • Installation of an additional parking bay, which can accommodate three more car parks, at the eastern end of Sawyers Arms on the south side of the road, as well as the retention of two more spaces on the opposite side of the street.
  • The pedestrian crossing on the south side of the signalised intersection will be retained.

The work is due for completion by the end of November.

Detailed maps showing the changes will be on display at the Council’s Papanui Service Centre (cnr Langdons Road and Restell Street) and Northlands Shopping Centre from Wednesday 30 July.

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