Pedestrian-only day for Gloucester St

Visitors will get a closer look at the cathedral

ANNA TURNER
Last updated 13:01 12/07/2012
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A "pedestrian-only day" will be held in Gloucester St on Sunday to allow visitors to see the central city, including an up-close view of Christ Church Cathedral, without having to negotiate traffic.

Since reopening to traffic nearly four weeks ago, Gloucester St has become a well-used route through the inner city, cutting the red zone into two. It has also drawn many visitors eager to view a previously unseen part of the city.

Authorities said the pedestrian open day was timed to coincide with the end of the school holidays and would allow people to safely wander through the area without having traffic concerns.

The section of Gloucester St between Manchester St and Durham St North would be closed to traffic from 1pm to 5pm.

The cordon fencing in place at the Gloucester St-Colombo St intersection would  be moved within metres of the cathedral for the four-hour event to allow visitors a closer view.

There would also be displays showing images and information about the buildings that once stood on the now vacant sites.

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority and the Christchurch City Council have been working on plans for the event for two weeks.

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