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
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.