157 days ago

NZTA's $90m Brougham St will be detrimental to nearby suburbs, council says

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

A $90 million upgrade of a busy Christchurch road could have a detrimental impact on the city’s oldest residential neighbourhoods, the city council warns.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is proposing several changes to Brougham St, including a pedestrian overbridge, building a third lane in place of car parks, and a shared cycle-pedestrian path.

The agency wants to have “T2 lanes” during peak hours – for buses, cars with at least one passenger, or motorcycles – but the Christchurch City Council wants them to extend beyond Brougham St all the way to Rolleston. Outside of peak times they would be available for parking.

In a submission to NZTA about the project, the city council said the proposals did not adequately consider the impacts on adjoining suburbs.

Brougham St bisects some of the oldest residential suburbs in the city including Sydenham, Spreydon, Waltham and Addington.

The council was concerned the proposals would increase the noise, vibrations and emissions for residents because the traffic would be closer to homes.

Part of the project’s success relied on the council making changes to surrounding roads, and the council called on NZTA to pay for those changes.

It did not want to see ratepayers burdened financially as a result of the project, and wanted to avoid a repeat of NZTA’s northern corridor project, for which the council had to spend millions of dollars adapting local roads.

Brougham St is classed as a state highway so is the responsibility of NZTA, but the roads leading into it are under the council’s control.

An average of 45,000 vehicles, including 4500 freight vehicles and trucks, use the road each day. It is a crucial link for vehicles carrying freight to and from Lyttelton Port.

Under the proposal, intersections will be upgraded, with more traffic signals, turn arrows and bus priority lights.

The pedestrian overbridge will connect Collins St and Simeon St, which under the plan would both become vehicle cul-de-sacs.

A shared cycle-pedestrian path would be separated from the westbound lane with new trees, between Simeon St and Opawa Rd.

The council said the shared path might not be wide enough for pedestrians and cyclists to safely travel together, and wanted to see it made wider.

It was also concerned the proposals did not provide for commuter cyclists, who were unlikely to use the shared path. The council wanted an assurance there would be provision for on-road cycle lanes at least 1.8 metres wide.

However, councillor Phil Mauger said at a council meeting on Thursday commuter cyclists should be encouraged to “rat run” (take shortcuts on side roads) down another road because there was not enough room for them on Brougham St.

Cr Melanie Coker was concerned there was no provision for a right hand turn into Selwyn St, but the council believed this would lead to vehicles rat-running.

She said the community had fought for a number of years to get the turn put in and to remove it was a “slap in the face for communities”.

She wanted NZTA to put the physical work on hold so it could address all the council’s submission points.

The council also criticised NZTA for holding consultation over the summer holiday period.

Public feedback on NZTA’s proposal closes on Friday (January 28).

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The stadium: Should Christchurch put a lid on it?

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Following recently revealed cost blowouts, public feedback has been pouring in on whether Te Kaha stadium should be built as planned.

Rising construction costs have hiked the forecast cost to build the 30,000-seat venue, described as a multi-use arena, from $533 million to $673m. Further escalations are possible.

City councillors will decide on July 14 whether to top up the budget, pause and redesign the project, or scrap it all together. Paying the extra would boost the average rates bill by $144 a year, or about $2.75 a week.

Read more here and tell us what you think of the stadium plan - and whether it should have a roof, or whether it should go ahead at all - in the comments below.

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CORRECTION: This post has been amended to clarify that the price of fibre and copper broadband internet services will increase, and that the increase is between $3 and $5 a month, not only $5 a month on fibre broadband plans as previously posted. (Amended at 10.31am, June 23, 2022)

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2 days ago

Time to escape your neighbourhood?

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Are you overdue a getaway? You could win a 13-day Sir Edmund Hillary Explorer South Island Rail & Coach tour by participating in Neighbourly’s 8th birthday celebration.

To enter the competition, just tell us what you love about your neighbourhood. It could be your favourite spot, a beautiful view, or something that makes you smile. You could be in for a once-in-a-lifetime getaway!
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