Sumner road closure signs incorrect

19:00, Jul 18 2013

Contractors moving shipping containers on the main road to Sumner have been ordered to reduce the road's closure hours after an outcry from the seaside community.

The Christchurch City Council last night admitted its contractor had "jumped the gun" when it put up signage which incorrectly advised of a 9pm to 5am closure of Main Rd starting next week.

In fact, Main Rd between Shag Rock and Clifton Tce will be closed at night from July 28 to August 2. The new road closure hours are from 10.30pm to 5.30am.

Council transport and greenspace manager John Mackie said the council yesterday ordered the contractor push the closure back by an hour so fewer vehicles were affected.

The main purpose of the work was to reinstate cycle ways along the route, which had been "a key community request", he said.

Residents were concerned at the lack of communication and businesses feared the closure would spell their "death knell".

Mackie said the road needed to be closed so that moving the double-stacked containers at Shag Rock Reserve was carried out safely.

"We had intended to talk through this with the community," he said.


The Press