We're proposing to extend the southern central city's slow speed zone. We'd like to hear your views.
Project status: Analysis & reporting
Open for feedback: 14th August 2018 - 4th September 2018
Hearings Panel recommends speed limit changes in the southern central city - 7 December 2018
The Hearings Panel finished its deliberations today and will recommend that Christchurch City Council introduce a 30 km/h speed limit on St Asaph Street and on sections of Hagley Avenue.
After considering submissions from the public and hearing from the authors of an independent safety and functionality review of St Asaph Street, the Hearings Panel believes a lower speed limit would better support road safety than the existing 50 km/h speed limit.
The Panel also took into account the expected increase in people walking and cycling on these streets following the opening of the new Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery School in early 2019. Further developments in the South Frame, the planned opening of the Metro Sports Facility and other new developments in the streets south of St Asaph Street in the next few years will see even more people and activity in this area -and concluded a slower speed will mean a safer and more attractive street environment for everyone.
The recommendation also includes introducing a 10 km/h speed limit on Oxford Terrace and Antigua Street alongside the new Outpatients building.
The Panel did not support a speed limit change on Riccarton Avenue westwards beyond Hospital Corner and the associated speed limit threshold proposed there.
The Hearing Panel’s recommendation will go to the Council in January 2019 for its decision.
Post consultation update - 8 November 2018
Summary of responses to the southern central city speed review
The Council received 737 responses during consultation on the speed limit review which opened on 14 August and closed on 4 September 2018.
We asked for feedback on three different elements of the linked proposals:
- Proposed reduction of the current 50km/h speed limit, to 30 km/h on St Asaph Street (from Madras Street to Hagley Avenue), Hagley Avenue from Selwyn Street to Riccarton Avenue, and Riccarton Avenue in front of Christchurch Hospital (and including the planned emergency vehicles entrance to the new acute services building).
Responses: support 261 (35%), do not support 473 (64%) and 3 not indicated (0.4%)
- Associated new speed threshold gateways to slow traffic approaching these routes and areas.
Responses: support 251 (34%), do not support 474 (64%) and not indicated 12 (2%)
- Proposed 10 km/h (reduced from the current 30km/h) on small sections of Oxford Terrace and Antigua Street (north of Tuam Street) around the new Outpatients Building.
Responses: support 296 (40%), do not support 421 (57%) and not indicated 20 (3%)
Table of submissions [PDF, 428 KB]
Consultation summary [PDF, 72 KB]
Technical note by independent consultants on proposed 30 km/h speed limit on St Asaph Street [PDF, 110 KB]
The Council will now hold a hearing on Wednesday 21 November, 8.30am - 12.00pm. A Hearings Panel of elected members will consider a staff report on the feedback received, together with officer responses to concerns raised, suggestions for changes to the proposals and key themes featuring in that feedback.
The Hearings Panel will also hear from submitters who requested to speak to elected members about their feedback, together with the authors of an independent safety and functionality review of St Asaph Street separately commissioned by the Council.
The Hearings Panel agenda will be available online at christchurch.infocouncil.biz(external link) at least two clear working days before the meeting.
The Panel will make recommendations to the Council, which will make the final decision on these matters. Submitters will receive details of that Council meeting.
Project background - 14 August 2018
We’re proposing to extend the central city’s slow speed zones one block to the south and one to the west. These changes are intended to make a safer street environment for everyone – to help improve the safety of the main Hospital access points, and to support the Christchurch Outpatients building, new South Frame developments, including a new school, and the planned Metro Sports Facility.
We’d like to hear your views on two proposed changes to central city speed limits. These are:
- Extending the central city’s slow speed zone (30 km/h zone) to include St Asaph Street (from Madras Street to Hagley Avenue), and short sections of Hagley Avenue, and Riccarton Avenue.
- Reducing the speed limit on sections of Oxford Terrace and Antigua Street, adjacent to the new Christchurch Hospital Outpatients building, to 10km/h following completion of the streetworks happening there at the moment.
Map of affected streets
Changing speed limits
The Council’s new Traffic and Parking Bylaw 2017 (effective from March 2018) allows the Council to set and change speed limits on roads in Christchurch in accordance with the Land Transport Rule Setting Speed Limits 2017. Consultation is required as part of this process.
Example of a 30km/h gateway (Park Terrace)
30km/h speed zone extension
We’re seeking your feedback on adding the following sections of street to the central city’s existing low speed 30 km/h zone:
- St Asaph Street (from Madras Street to Hagley Avenue)
- Hagley Avenue (from Selwyn Street to Hospital Corner)
- Riccarton Avenue (moving the current 30km/h zone entry point westwards to be just beyond the Hospital’s proposed western emergency vehicle access to Riccarton Avenue).
In November 2017, the Council determined that staff should consult on a proposed reduction in the speed limit on St Asaph Street. This was part of wider consideration of the street’s safety and design after construction works were undertaken there in late 2016 and early 2017.
How does the existing slow zone boundary change?
The proposed speed limit change would extend the southern boundary of the 30km/h slow speed central city zone by one block southwards – and also help slow the speed environment around the busy Hospital Corner area to the west. It supports street changes which have been implemented as part of the ongoing programme of works outlined in the transport chapter of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan. It provides a safer street environment along the southern boundary of the South Frame development, where Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery School is under construction.
Further west, it would include the planned northern entrance to the future Metro Sports Facility development, just west of Antigua Street. At the same time, the proposed western extension would help slow traffic around the busy Hospital Corner streets, where roadworks are currently underway. It also extends the zone around 250 metres westwards on Riccarton Avenue, to include the Hospital’s proposed western emergency vehicle access.
Two of the new 30 km/h gateways will require some alterations to existing on-street car parks – at the Montreal Street and Manchester Street entry points. The details of these proposed changes are explained on the plans below.
10km/h zone streets adjacent to the new Christchurch Hospital Outpatients building
Artist's impression of the Christchurch Hospital Outpatients building on Oxford Terrace, viewed from Riccarton Ave
We also want your feedback on adding short sections of Oxford Terrace (between Riccarton Avenue and Antigua Street) and Antigua Street (north of Tuam Street) to complement the 10km/h slow speed zone that applies to the remainder of the Te Papa Ōtākaro / Avon River Precinct. Both of these streets are adjacent to the new Christchurch Hospital Outpatients building, due to open later this year.
Road works underway on these streets are designed to create a safer, slow environment for hospital and outpatients visitors to share the space with pedestrians and cyclists travelling through the Hospital Corner area, mainly using a network of new shared paths. A 10km/h speed environment is more appropriate for how these streets are being re-constructed – and will also be more consistent with similar central city shared spaces, zones and laneways along the Te Papa Ōtākaro / Avon River Precinct and through the new East and South Frames. These two slow streets will provide the new western entry to the Te Papa Ōtākaro / Avon River Precinct.
Decision making timeline
- Consultation – 14 August – 4 September 2018
- Decision making - October -November 2018
- Implementation – after November 2018