We’re planning to install peak hour bus lanes along Lincoln Road, between Whiteleigh Avenue and Curletts Road. Let us know your thoughts.
Consultation has now closed. People were able to provide feedback from 16 November 2021 to 12 December 2021.
During this time we heard from 162 individuals and groups. You can read their feedback below.
The date for the hearing is now confirmed for Monday 28 February 2022, 9.30am. The agenda(external link) for this meeting is now available.
The Hearings Panel will deliberate and make its final recommendations on Monday 7 March, 11am.
Following deliberations the Panel’s recommendations will be presented to the Urban Development and Transport Committee for a final decision.
The southwest of Christchurch is growing fast, with 35,000 people expected to move into the area over the next 30 years. This growth puts pressure on our travel network, so we need to prepare and plan for a better way for people to travel to and from the central city.
We know there’s traffic congestion along Lincoln Road at peak times, causing delays for all motorists. Buses help to reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions by carrying more people per trip. This is better for the environment and helps everyone get to where they want to go on time.
We’re planning to install peak hour bus lanes along Lincoln Road, between Whiteleigh Avenue and Curletts Road.
This is the second stage of our project, and will connect to peak hour bus lanes soon to be installed in Addington as part of stage one. Construction on stage one – Lincoln Road, from Moorhouse Avenue to Whiteleigh Avenue – starts early next year.
With stage two of the project, we’re planning to install peak hour bus lanes, between Whiteleigh Avenue and Curletts Road, on:
We’re also proposing to change the peak hour times of the outbound bus lane in the Addington stage one section to be operational from 3pm to 6pm. Currently the peak outbound hours are from 4pm to 6pm, so it would extend this time an hour.
We’re working closely with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency who is also planning to install bus lanes along Halswell Road, between Dunbars and Curletts roads.
You can learn more about this project on their website(external link).
Our drop-in session is going ahead as normal under the Orange traffic light alert level, but anyone aged 12 and older will require a vaccine pass to attend in person. Please sign/scan in and wear a mask.
If you are unable to attend you can also phone or email any time to speak with us directly about the project.
These sessions may need to be postponed or cancelled if COVID-19 alert levels change.
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If there is a community meeting you would like us to attend, please let us know. You can also phone any time to speak with us directly about the project.
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As part of our bus lane work we’ll be making other changes to improve safety for all road users. This includes things like installing more pedestrian crossing points, widening footpaths, changing parking and relocating bus stops.
There will be some changes to the road layout along the route to improve safety for everyone.
We’re planning to extend the centre raised median from Whiteleigh Avenue to Curletts Road to improve safety of all road users. Centre medians separate traffic lanes and prevent the potential for right-turning crashes. It also provides an opportunity to improve the street with trees and landscaping.
A U-turn bay will be installed outside 20 Lincoln Road to provide a turning opportunity for vehicles coming from Annex Road and wanting to drive towards Halswell.
We will be retaining left and right-hand turns on and off Lincoln Road onto the majority of side streets throughout this section. The exception to this is for:
We’re keeping the four pedestrian crossing points on the centre median between Curletts and Wrights roads at their existing locations.
To further improve pedestrian safety, we’re also planning to install three more crossing points on:
We’re also widening the footpath along Lincoln Road between Curletts and Wrights roads to 2.3 metres. It currently varies from 1.3 metres to 1.7 metres wide.
To help make things easier for people using buses, we’re planning some relocations and installations of bus stops and shelters:
We know parking is important to residents and businesses, so we’ve tried to retain as much on-street parking as possible.
However, in order to create space for the bus lanes, we need to install parking restrictions along Lincoln Road.
During bus lane operating hours there will be no on-street parking available between Wrights Road and Curletts Road. Outside of these hours, on-street car parks will be available for use. We’re adding approximately 20 extra car parks on this section of the route which will be available to use outside peak hour bus times.
We’re also proposing to install time restricted parking outside some local businesses to help with parking availability.
The existing parking bays on Lincoln Road between Lindores Street to Twigger Street will be retained on both sides.
We’re proposing to install no stopping restrictions at 196 Lincoln Road to give vehicles more room when turning onto Lincoln Road from Twigger Street.
We’re also planning to remove the taxi stand on Sylvan Street. This will make room for vehicles turning left onto Lincoln Road.
While we’re working in the area we’ll be undergrounding the power cables. This helps future proof them by preventing any potential storm or weather damage and it also improves the aesthetics of the area.
We will be upgrading the street lighting along Lincoln Road where applicable. Locations to be confirmed, following a lighting assessment.
We’re proposing to install a boardwalk over the Heathcote River on the south side of Lincoln Road. We’ll also trim trees and vegetation and install an open railing balustrade, providing views of the river while ensuring safety for users.
We’ll need to remove 32 mature trees along the berms and centre median to make room for the bus lanes. For each tree removed, two new ones will be planted in the nearest suitable location.
Tree species will be selected depending on their height, canopy and growth, with appropriate species selected for different areas.
Native trees will be used where possible along berms, with hornbeams (Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigate’) and upright flowering cherry trees (Prunus amanogawa) proposed for the centre median.
This is due to their high canopy and column shape, allowing good visibility for buses, drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.
|Peak hour bus lanes in each direction along Lincoln Road from Whiteleigh Avenue to Curletts Road.|
|Relocated and new bus stops, shelters and seats.|
|Wide 4.2 metre bus lanes on Lincoln Road between Wrights Road and Curletts Road, providing more room for cyclists.|
|The raised centre median will also improve the safety for cyclists using the Nor’West Arc Cycleway.|
|Three extra pedestrian crossing points in the centre median to make it safer and easier to cross the road.|
|Widening the footpath along Lincoln Road between Curletts and Wrights roads to 2.3 metres. It currently varies from 1.3 metres to 1.7 metres wide.|
All road users
|Domain Terrace – remove the right turn in and out.|
|Torrens Road – remove the right turn out on to Lincoln Road, but retain the right turn in.|
|Removal of on-street parking when the bus lanes are operational between Curletts Road and Wrights Road. On-street parking will be usable outside of bus peak hour times.|
|Existing parking bays on Lincoln Road between Lindores Street to Twigger Street will be retained on both sides.|