Lack of right turn causing 'congestion'
A central-city resident is pleading with the Christchurch City Council to reinstate a right-hand turn into a popular terrace.
During the final meeting of this term, Bruce Bellis asked councillors to reinstate the right turn from Harper Ave into Park Tce because it was the "logical" thing to do.
Before the February 2011 earthquake, the right-hand turn existed and was the main route for people travelling from the airport into the city, guests staying at the George Hotel, tourists heading to the Canterbury Museum and for inner-city residents.
Those wanting to turn right now have to go up Bealey Ave and use the right-turning lane into Victoria St.
"This is a very small lane and it frequently fills up to overflowing," Bellis said. "You have accidents."
To cope with the extra traffic flow, the green-light run at the Bealey Ave-Victoria St lights were running at double the usual length, but this meant people travelling north in Victoria St had to wait longer, he said.
By reinstating the right-hand turning lane, traffic congestion at these lights would be eased and fewer accidents would occur, Bellis said.
"There are, in my view, compelling and logical reasons to restore the right turn from Harper Ave to Park Tce," he said.
Councillors are expected to discuss whether to reinstate the right-hand turn this afternoon.
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