Feedback sought on plan to make street one-way

Photo: Newsline/CCC
Photo: Newsline/CCC
Residents' views are being sought on a plan to make a part of a Christchurch street one-way.

The section of Cumnor Tce in Woolston, between Chapmans Rd and Maunsell St, is part of the Heathcote Expressway Major Cycle Route.

Another section of the street - between Maunsell and Marshall Sts - is already one-way heading north.

The proposed change to the already approved cycleway design would allow for the footpath on the non-cycleway side of the road to be retained to improve pedestrian and road safety.

It would also ensure there is no impact on the Heathcote River after concerns were raised over its potential effect on the freshwater habitat.

People can share their views on the proposal with Christchurch City Council staff at a drop-in session on the corner of Cumnor Tce and Chapmans Rd on Wednesday, February 26, from 10am to 2pm or submit comments online.

City council transport planning and delivery manager Lynette Ellis said people have already voiced concerns about road safety and the loss of the footpath on the south side of Cumnor Tce under the present plan.

“We have responded to that feedback by reconsidering the detailed design for that section, and propose that the footpath be retained on the non-cycleway side of the road,” Ms Ellis said.

“This will allay those concerns, with the one-way proposal offering an effective approach to safety, and habitat protection for the Heathcote River.

Under the proposal, Cumnor Tce - from Chapmans Rd to Maunsell St - will be 6.2m wide, and the cantilevered boardwalk over the river near Maunsell St will be shorter. Cumnor Tce. north of Marshall St, would remain a two-way street.

Under the one-way option, motorists who normally travel east along Cumnor Tce between Maunsell St and Chapmans Rd will need to choose a different route.

People travelling from the north could use Tanner St, Curries Rd, Port Hills Rd and Chapmans Rd or Tunnel Rd and Scruttons Rd, while those travelling from the city via Brougham St may opt to use Opawa Rd.

The new cycleway connects Heathcote with the central city via Woolston, Opawa and Phillipstown. The first section between the central city and The Tannery is open.

Work on the next section from The Tannery to Heathcote is due to start this year.



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