Traffic calming engagement
We have been monitoring the traffic conditions on local roads since the Christchurch Northern Corridor opened in December 2020. In general traffic volumes on the wider network have not yet reached pre-Christchurch Northern Corridor levels but we expect more consistent data in the next few months.
We have identified two streets, Francis Avenue and Thames Street, where the traffic conditions have become an issue and we are putting trial measures in place to reduce the impacts on the residents. Feedback on traffic calming options last year has informed the traffic calming trial options - left-in left-out only turning restrictions and a cul-de-sac.
The trials will be in place on Francis Ave from 1 March for approximately eight weeks and on Thames Street from 8 March for approximately two weeks. During the trials, we will continually monitor traffic on the streets and the surrounding area.
Following the trial periods, we will consult on the preferred options. We will then develop permanent options based on that feedback.
We were planning turning restriction trials on Weston Road, Knowles Street and Mcfaddens Road, however, we are now waiting to gather more information on the traffic impacts on these streets.
We are talking to residents of specific streets identified for traffic calming. It is likely that we will monitor a number of streets once the northern motorway opens but this work will allow us to act quickly if traffic issues arise.
Consultation on the projects took place in July and August 2019 and more than 50 changes have been made in response to feedback.
The street meetings we had planned for March/April 2020 about future traffic calming options/ideas for your street have been postponed.
- Moving people, not cars
- Retaining a sense of community
- Safety, particularly for people walking, biking and accessing local schools