Proposed shake-up of Christchurch transport plan pulled from agenda

Under proposed changes, the Christchurch tram service would go to the end of High St, while road upgrades planned for ...
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Under proposed changes, the Christchurch tram service would go to the end of High St, while road upgrades planned for Kilmore St and Salisbury St would be delayed by five years.

A proposed shake-up of Christchurch's transport plan has been delayed for "further assessment".  

Council staff were to present a raft of changes to An Accessible City to a council sub-committee on Wednesday, but the item was withdrawn from the agenda. 

Among the proposals were to delay Kilmore St and Salisbury St upgrades to extend the tram route to lower High St. 

Richard Peebles has developments under way on lower High St.
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Richard Peebles has developments under way on lower High St.

Ahead of the meeting, staff recommended the committee green light the changes to go to the full council for approval. Some authorities and developers had mixed feelings about the changes.  

A council spokeswoman said staff aimed to have the report ready for the next committee meeting "following further assessment of the options". 

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A proposed central Christchurch tram extension would start four years earlier than planned under a council staff proposal.
STUFF

A proposed central Christchurch tram extension would start four years earlier than planned under a council staff proposal.

Under the proposed changes, a $3 million tram extension to the end of High St would start in 2019 instead of 2023. Work on the extension had been budgeted to start in 2023, but  under the adjusted timeline. Extending the tram further, part way down Ferry Rd, could be a future option.

An upgrade to lower High St, budgeted to start in 2023, would be brought forward to 2020 to coincide with the tram extension.

Road upgrades planned for Kilmore and Salisbury streets would be delayed by five years. A $12m plan to make the roads two-way, expected to begin in 2019, would be pushed to 2024.

Funding to connect the city to the Heathcote Expressway cycleway at Ferry Rd would be brought forward from 2020 to 2018.

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Funding would be allocated to "soft wire solutions" to connect the central city to the Papanui Parallel and Quarryman's Trail cycleways.

 

 - Stuff

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