Consultation underway on Chch transport

SAM SACHDEVA
Last updated 05:00 30/07/2012

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Plans to turn Christchurch into a more cycle-friendly city have found early favour with the public as consultation on a new city transport plan gets under way.

Christchurch City Council's draft transport plan outlines the council's 30-year vision for transport in the city, including the development of a safe cycle network.

The council also intends to improve freight access to key hubs like Christchurch Airport and Lyttelton Port, while a light-rail network remains a possibility.

The first of a series of community drop-in sessions to discuss the plan took place at South City Shopping Centre on Saturday.

Over 100 people viewed the plan and shared their thoughts with council staff.

Cracroft resident Rob Ferguson, 62, said he was impressed by the consultation process for the plan.

"It's a process I really like. For me, it's about the chance to add some specific things that are interesting to me."

Ferguson wanted the council to improve transport to outlying parts of Canterbury and consider constructing a monorail between the city centre and the airport.

"For my money, I could see it going straight down Memorial Ave now," he said.

He was concerned the council's plan would be usurped by the Government.

"My biggest fear is that Gerry Brownlee will come in and just go, ‘kapow', and there's nothing they can do."

Jan Finnie said she was impressed with the document's vision for a pedestrian and cycle-friendly city.

"As long as there's plenty of ways that you can get around and there's easy access to places, that's what's important," she said.

Finnie said the council also needed to make it easy for people with mobility issues to travel around.

To share your thoughts, visit ccc.govt.nz/haveyoursay

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