$1.8 approved for Main North Rd bus lanes

 After a more than two-year process, NZTA has approved funding for the Main North Rd bus priority...
After a more than two-year process, NZTA has approved funding for the Main North Rd bus priority project.
Funding has finally been confirmed for the contentious bus lanes on Main North Rd.

The $1.8 million project, which was scheduled to start in July, will see bus lanes put in between Winston Ave and Grassmere St.

Work on the project is now expected to start early next year and should take about four months to complete.

The issue of bus lanes on Main North Rd has been contentioussince it was first raised in 2017 when it was revealed the project would mean a loss of on-street parking for businesses between Harewood Rd and Winston Ave.

The other concern for residents was the turning movements at the intersection of Grassmere St and Main North Rd. Both of these key issues were mitigated by altering where the bus lanes would start and approving traffic signals.

Improvements will include a full-time bus lane running north from Winston Ave to Grassmere St, a signalised intersection at Grassmere St, walking and biking improvements, layout change to the Northlands Shopping Centre car park entrance and more trees on Main North Rd.

Last week, the NZ Transport Agency told Nor’west News funding was originally considered unlikely in the current 2018-2021 period.

“After the recent review and reprioritisation of National Land Transport Programme projects, funding was agreed to,” an NZTA spokesman said.

The bus lane project has been a key topic of debate between Papanui Ward city councillor Mike Davidson and Papanui-Innes Community Board member John Stringer, who have opposing views on the project.

The project was approved by the city council in October last year, which will pay for half of the project costs.

 

 

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