Victoria Street Upgrade

Council recently finished consulting on changes to Victoria Street (here). This will likely now be approved and constructed. As I summarised previously here, it has been a long and confusing road for this project, which began its life as a significant change to the way transport would function on Victoria Street, but has ended up … Continue reading Victoria Street Upgrade

What happens next? Beyond roads in Christchurch.

This article first appeared at blog and is republished with permission. Beyond RoNS One of the key reasons the previous government established the Roads of National Significance (RoNS) programme was to stimulate New Zealand’s economy by providing a programme of large scale infrastructure projects that would provide employment during construction and, reduce congestion and journey times … Continue reading What happens next? Beyond roads in Christchurch.

Lincoln Road Bus Lanes Going Ahead

The Lincoln Road bus lanes consultation has closed and Council have published the feedback here. In response they have made some tweaks to the plans and and will now proceed with detailed design and construction,  which is currently expected to start early in the new year (Stuff article here). The project is primarily about allowing … Continue reading Lincoln Road Bus Lanes Going Ahead

Are Cycleways Really that Controversial?

There's a perception in some circles that the Christchurch cycleways are extremely controversial. Many mainstream media articles that mention them end up attracting screeds of negative comments - examples here and here. But how controversial are the cycleways really? I keep on seeing data that suggests they are really not that controversial for most people. … Continue reading Are Cycleways Really that Controversial?

What Would $1b Buy in Canterbury?

This article first appeared at TraNZport and is republished with permission. The other day the “Mike Hosking of the South”, Mike Yardley, wrote an opinion piece that outright advocated for a four-lane, 60km expressway or motorway between the soon to be completed Christchurch Southern Motorway from Rolleston, 60km to Ashburton. The title of the piece … Continue reading What Would $1b Buy in Canterbury?

Car parking policy – cheap isn’t good

This article first appeared at TraNZport and is republished with permission. If you want to see heads explode, start talking about car parking. Better yet, tell someone that car park fees should be increased. Watch their face go red before exploding in rage. It’s understandable. Well, sort of. Most people in New Zealand still get … Continue reading Car parking policy – cheap isn’t good

Passenger Rail and Housing Workshop 5 Results

Last Monday 8th July saw the 5th (and final) CHAT Club workshop focusing on implementing rail or other rapid transit in Greater Christchurch. This series of public workshops has, since February, been slowly working through the various issues and questions of how to get mass passenger transport happening here. If you missed the previous workshops, … Continue reading Passenger Rail and Housing Workshop 5 Results