Park-and-ride sites in frame


Kaiapoi will get a new parking facility, while the cycleway from the town to Belfast is a step closer.

Councillors have agreed to delegate authority to the utilities and roading committee to decide on the site for Kaiapoi’s park-and-ride facility, subject to a recommendation from the Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Community Board, while the detailed design of the cycleway was also approved at last week’s council meeting.

The park-and-ride facility will allow Environment Canterbury to proceed with its plans to run commuter buses directly from Kaiapoi into the central city each week day.

The Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Community board will be asked to choose between sites in Black St, next to the Kaiapoi Rugby Club, or in the former red zone, next to New World, at its meeting on Monday. The utilities and roading committee is due to meet the next day.

It is proposed to provide 40 park-and-ride parks, as well as parks for employees of local businesses and two-hour parks for customer use. It is expected to cost $250,000.

Mayor Dan Gordon says councillors agreed to back the design plans for the Belfast to Kaiapoi commuter cycleway, which has already been approved by the Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Community Board.

The proposed shared cycleway route is along the western side of Main North Rd and then along Vickery and Peraki streets.

‘‘I think it’s a very exciting development and one that has been needed for some time.’’

The project is expected to cost nearly $1.8 million and is subject to a Transport Agency subsidy of 51 percent.

At present, cyclists travelling from Christchurch to Kaiapoi need to cross the narrow, old Waimakariri bridge on Main North Rd.

A recreational cycleway into Kaiapoi will also be considered as part of next year’s Long Term Plan, while Enterprise North Canterbury is continuing to explore funding options to create the Wheels to Waipara cycleway from Christchurch to Waipara.