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Public being asked about long-term transport options for south and west of Christchurch

2 October 2006

This release from Christchurch City Council is also on behalf of Transit New Zealand, Environment Canterbury, Selwyn District Council and Christchurch International Airport Ltd.

Transportation planning for the areas to the south and west of Christchurch is being moved up a gear, with people’s opinions being sought over the next seven weeks.

The study, undertaken by Transit New Zealand, Selwyn District Council, Christchurch City Council, Environment Canterbury and Christchurch International Airport, identifies  potential traffic increases of up to 50 per cent by 2021 for the area. Lead consultant Connell Wagner has identified options for the main road network required, as well as public transport and cycling needs. The draft Transport Strategy outlines potential short-, medium- and long-term projects for consultation which continues until 17 November.

The study area includes the outlying townships of Rolleston, Lincoln, Prebbleton, Springston, West Melton, Templeton, and Tai Tapu, the suburbs of Hornby, Wigram and Halswell, as well as extending north along SH1 to Christchurch International Airport and beyond.

Key features of the Draft Transport Strategy are:
● The planned four-laning and extension of the Southern Motorway to Halswell Junction Road, and
● The proposal to further extend the Southern Motorway south beyond Templeton
● The four-laning of State Highway 1 from Hornby to Belfast
● Promotion of Pound Road as a bypass of Hornby
● The upgrading of Halswell Road with particular emphasis on public transport
● Development of other supporting roads in the south west Christchurch area
● Improved connectivity between Christchurch and outlying townships where growth is expected.

Feedback will be analysed at the end of the consultation period and presented to the partner organisations next year. The partners will consider this alongside feedback on the Urban Development Strategy which is also programmed to go to public consultation shortly.

Open days
Hornby Presbyterian Community Church
Monday, 16 October
27 Amyes Rd, 10am–7pm

Rolleston Community Centre
Tuesday, 17 October
Rolleston Drive, 10am–7pm

Halswell Community Hall
Friday, 20 October
450 Halswell Rd, 10am–7pm


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