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The Waimakariri District Council is one of the largest employers in the Waimakariri District and has become an employer of choice.
The Waimakariri District Council welcomes today’s decision
by Environment Canterbury confirming the addition of a third southbound lane on
the Waimakariri bridge.
The additional lane is expected to be in commission sometime
“It’s a good result for commuters who use the bridge heading
into the city,” acting Waimakariri Mayor, Neville Atkinson says.
“Not only will the extra high occupancy lane save people
time spent in traffic, there are potential economic benefits as well for
Mr Atkinson says improvements that ease motorway congestion
will further enhance Waimakariri as a location for residential and business
The ECan council approved a variation to the original Regional
Land Transport Plan, allowing for the third southbound lane.
The recommendation to vary the plan was made in August by
the Canterbury Regional Transport Committee, on the basis that the third
southbound lane will operate as a high occupancy vehicle lane during the
morning peak, and that a new cycle lane will be attached to the bridge.
Environment Canterbury say the high occupancy lane will be a
first for the region, and will encourage motorists to think about how they
Carpooling, public transport use and cycling will all be
promoted alongside the construction of the new lane.
The New Zealand Transport Agency and councils will work
closely with the New Zealand Police on education, monitoring and enforcement
once the lane is complete.
“When you add it to the Western Belfast by-pass, which is in
the home straight in terms of completion, commuters are going to notice a big
difference very soon,” Mr Atkinson says.
The Waimakariri Bridge Improvement variation was proposed by
the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) as part of a wider programme of work on
the Christchurch Northern Corridor, undertaken in consultation with
The public consultation on the proposed variation took place
earlier this year. Of the 177 submissions received, 86.5% supported the
While the additional lane represents an investment of $20
million, doing the work now as part of Christchurch Northern Corridor project
will provide a saving of approximately $14 million than if the third lane was
to be constructed at a later date.
What will the changes
be to Christchurch’s Northern Motorway?
The changes include:
* A third
southbound lane over the Waimakariri Bridge which will be operated as a high
occupancy vehicle lane during the morning peak.
* A cycle
lane attached to the eastern side of the Waimakariri Bridge, creating a safe
cycle link between Christchurch’s Mayor Cycleway Network and the cycle network
Work is underway to determine the exact location and length
of the high occupancy vehicle lane.
These changes are part of a wider programme of work
identified in the NZTA State Highway One Picton to Christchurch Programme
What is a high
occupancy vehicle lane?
A high occupancy vehicle lane can be used by vehicles with
two or more passengers. It can also be used by express bus services and
emergency vehicles. The intended use of the additional lane is to carry more
people in fewer vehicles, thereby improving travel reliability for everyone.
What is the need for
the high occupancy vehicle lane?
With the number of trips on Christchurch’s Northern Motorway
expected to grow by 25% in the next eight years and by 50% by 2041, the current
85% single occupancy vehicle use on Christchurch’s Northern Motorway is not sustainable.
Carpooling, greater public transport use and cycling – all of which will be
promoted alongside construction of the third southbound lane – need to be a
core part of North Canterbury’s future integrated transport network.
Contact: Matt McIlraith
Phone: 0800 965 468