$1.3m plan to fix one of city's most dangerous intersections

Photo: Newsline/CCC
Photo: Newsline/CCC
A number of safety improvements are on the cards for one of the most dangerous intersections in Christchurch.

Christchurch City Council has been investigating how to improve the Ilam, Middleton and Riccarton Rds intersection, but says it has limited options due to the shape and size of the intersection.

"The intersection of Ilam, Middleton and Riccarton Rds is notoriously tricky to navigate because of the off-set alignment of the three busy roads," a city council spokesperson said. 

"As a consequence, it is ranked as the seventh most dangerous intersection in Christchurch."

City council staff gathered feedback from the community on options to make the intersection safer.

The preferred option would see the council spend $1.3 million on modifying how traffic flows through the intersection and the nearby area.

A report on the safety improvements will be presented to the Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board on Tuesday.

The key safety improvements include:

  • Only allowing left-turning traffic to move between Riccarton and Middleton Rds, effectively making the junction of Ilam and Riccarton Rds a T-intersection.
  • Altering the layout of the intersection to accommodate dedicated bus lanes.
  • Restricting access at the Field Tce/Riccarton Rd intersection to left-in, left-out traffic.
  • Creating a new right-turn only lane from Riccarton Rd into Wharenui Rd.