More major road works on the way

Cranford St. Photo: Supplied
Cranford St. Photo: Supplied
More major road works are due to start in Christchurch next week to prepare for the opening of a new motorway extension later this year.

The road works in St Albans, Mairehau and Edgeware are part of a package of changes designed to reduce the impacts of the extra traffic likely to travel through the suburbs when the Christchurch Northern Corridor opens.

The CNC will extend the Northern Motorway through to QE II Drive and Cranford St and should make travel times in and out of Christchurch shorter.

Christchurch City Council head of transport Richard Osborne says there will be a lot of work happening over the next five months to prepare the roading network for the extra traffic expected on Cranford St, south of Innes Rd.

"One of the key things we will be doing is creating a slow speed zone from just north of Innes Rd through to Bealey Ave.

"Rutland St/Springfield Rd will act as the western boundary for the slow speed zone, which will stretch through to Hills Rd in the east. All streets within that area will have a 40km/h speed limit,’’ Mr Osborne said.

"The reason why we are introducing a slow speed zone is because we want to deter motorists who are coming off the CNC from short-cutting through these residential streets.

"It is a safety issue but it is also about protecting the neighbourhood feel in these streets."

Streets within the area shaded green are going to have a 40km/h speed limit. Source: Newsline
Streets within the area shaded green are going to have a 40km/h speed limit. Source: Newsline
Other work due to start over the next six months includes: 

  • Upgrading Cranford St, from Berwick St to Innes Road.
  • Upgrading all the intersections along Cranford/Sherborne sSts.
  • Installing traffic lights at the intersections of Warrington/Forfar and Warrington/Barbadoes Sts.
  • Installing traffic lights outside English Park to make it easier for people to access the park and St Albans School.
  • Replacing a water main on Sherborne and Cranford Sts.

Two information sessions will provide further information about how the work will be carried out. The sessions will be held at Mainland Football, 127 Cranford St, on Wednesday, February 19, and Thursday, February 20, from 5-7pm.



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