Chch today: High St traffic lights 'a compromise'

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 07:44 04/04/2014
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Welcome to a wrap of what's happening in Christchurch today.

WEATHER

Low cloud is forecast for Christchurch this morning and evening. The day is expected to be fine otherwise, with light winds and a high of 20 degrees Celsius, Metservice says.

Rain or drizzle will develop tomorrow, along with northeasterly breezes and a high of 18C.

The rain is set to continue at times on Sunday and through the following week, with highs of only 14C to 16C throughout. 

TRAFFIC

Christchurch police say no traffic issues have been reported in Christchurch this morning.

From 6pm today, Brougham St will be down to one lane eastbound between Brisbane St and Waltham Rd, and Brisbane St will be closed as contractors work to repair a section of stormwater pipe this weekend.

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Q: At the Lichfield/Manchester St intersection are the lights working for traffic waiting on High St? It seems to be permanently red for cars on High St. Robert Henderson

A: Both Lichfield St and Manchester St are key streets for transport. The traffic signals require an extra phase (green time for High St). This extra phase is a compromise, ensuring access for High St and keeping traffic moving along Lichfield and Manchester.

In the morning there is an 80-second green light cycle. The High St duration depends on traffic, but there is a minimum 6-second green light. In the afternoon the phase is every 160 seconds.

With temporary lane shifts some drivers may not be queuing on the detection loops, meaning the controller doesn't give green time to High St. The Christchurch Transport Operations Centre periodically reviews the site to ensure drivers can queue in the right spot. Christchurch City Council

WHAT'S ON

Rumble in the Rubble is on tonight in Cathedral Square, 6.30pm. Rebuild workers will box for titles and the fights will be shown on a big screen for non-ticket holders.

The Food Show is on today from 10am at the CBS Arena with culinary exhibitions and the latest food info. Tickets at the gate, $22 adult.

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