Council looks into right-turn arrow for busy Christchurch intersection

Greater Hornby Residents Association members Ross Houliston and Marc Duff at the intersection of...
Greater Hornby Residents Association members Ross Houliston and Marc Duff at the intersection of Amyes and Shands Rds. Photo: Star News
An investigation has begun amid renewed calls for a right-turning arrow at a busy Hornby intersection.

The idea of a green-light signal for motorists using the Amyes Rd intersection wanting to turn right into Shands Rd is supported by 91 per cent of residents who responded to a Greater Hornby Residents Association survey.

Just five per cent were against it.

Christchurch City Council acting transport operations manager Stephen Wright said staff visited the site recently.

“[They] will be bringing the matter back to the community board once their investigations have been completed,” Wright said.

Association chairman Marc Duff said he was pleased the council was looking into the situation.

“It’s something the community has asked for a long time,” he said.

He was not surprised the survey, in which about 150 people took part, showed the right turn arrow to be so popular.

The association spoke to the Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board on the need for a turning arrow last June, after a Facebook post seeking community feedback on the issue drew more than 100 comments.

City council data from August 15, 2018, showed on that day 12654 cars went through the intersection between 7am and 6pm.

Of these, 1216 made the right turn from Amyes Rd onto Shands Rd.

Between January 1, 2018, and January 1, 2021, seven crashes occurred at the intersection, one resulting in a minor injury.

“It’s not the only intersection that needs addressing, but if we can get one done and keep working on them, it’s a start,” Duff said.

The survey results would be presented to the community board, he said.

The survey also showed a walkway between Countdown and the Hub was wanted by 73 per cent of people to improve accessibility.

However, the idea of a road through Kyle Park to connect Hei Hei Rd and Chalmers Rd by the Hub proved less popular, with 53 per cent against looking into this possibility.

“It was close, but there was a majority that didn’t want a feasibility study.”

The final question in the survey was whether hash lines should be put in for access to Tower St and Brynley St from Main South Rd, and vice versa.

This idea found favour with 57 per cent of respondents.

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