Meeting to decide future of Cranford St transport lane

Cranford St road works, between Innes Rd and Berwick St, where options for an additional...
Cranford St road works, between Innes Rd and Berwick St, where options for an additional transport lane are being considered at the Papanui-Innes Community Board meeting. Photo: Geoff Sloan ​
A pivotal meeting is set to be held on Friday to decide the future of an additional transport lane on Cranford St.

The Papanui-Innes Community Board will settle on which option to endorse at the meeting.

Christchurch City Council will then make a decision on whether to approve the option at a later date.

An investigation by city council staff was undertaken to assess the operational layout of Cranford St, between Innes Rd and Berwick St, to mitigate the predicted increase in traffic throughout the area caused by the Christchurch Northern Corridor once it opens.

Their report will be presented to the community board at the meeting for members to consider.

Options include a clearway, which was a second general traffic lane, a high occupancy vehicle lane for vehicles with more than one occupant during peak hour, or a bus lane.

The community has since preferred a lane dedicated for public transport as they feared cars were being prioritised over the community.

Traffic analysis by city council staff indicated the Cranford St and Innes Rd intersection was likely to act as a bottleneck for the CNC, discharging about 1400 to 1600 vehicles per hour.

The city council received 253 submissions from the community regarding the downstream effects projects in August last year.

“Submitters provided feedback that the plan is putting cars before the community and making this corridor too focused on single-occupancy vehicles,” the report said.

The report comes after mounting frustration by residents in the area in recent months due to consistent roadworks, with Cranford St becoming a playground for dangerous drivers.

A majority of the roadworks in St Albans are due to be completed by the end of this month, with the CNC expected to open by the end of this year.






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