Views sought on proposal to extend central city’s slow speed zone.

View the proposed plan and provide feedback

Consultation is now open on a proposal to extend the central city’s slow speed zone.

The proposed extension involves expanding the 30km/h zone one block south to include St Asaph Street, and westwards to include short sections of Hagley Avenue and Riccarton Avenue. 

We’re also proposing to reduce the speed limit on sections of Oxford Terrace and Antigua Street, adjacent to the new Christchurch Hospital Outpatients building, to 10 km/h following completion of the street works happening there at the moment.

These changes are intended to make a safer street environment for everyone – helping improve the safety of the main Hospital access points, and support the Christchurch Outpatients Facility, new South Frame developments, including the new Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery School opening next year and the planned Metro Sports Facility.

The proposals involve adding the following sections of street to the central city’s existing slow 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 30 km/h zone entry point westwards to be just beyond the Hospital’s proposed western emergency vehicle access to Riccarton Avenue
  • Making Oxford Terrace (between Riccarton Avenue and Antigua Street) and Antigua Street (between Tuam Street and Oxford Terrace) both 10km/h adjacent to the new Hospital Outpatients building.

 Consultation closes on Tuesday 4 September.

 To view the proposed plan and provide feedback, visit Have Your Say(external link).

Previous consultations

#7: Hereford Street and Strand Lane Land Sale

Details on the Hereford Street upgrade consultation (Oxford Terrace to Manchester Street) and Strand Lane land sale.

We’re aiming to repair this street, make it more attractive and improve safety for everyone. We’re also proposing to widen Strand Lane which requires the sale of some land.

As part of the proposed upgrade, the Council plans to:

  • Replace the street’s badly damaged footpaths with new, paved footpaths. On the south side of Hereford Street it is proposed to have a five-metre wide length of footpath so there is space for outdoor dining as well as pedestrians. On the north side the footpath generally will be three-metres wide, but widened where existing outdoor dining is present.
  • Maintain a ‘local distributor’ street for general traffic – and to access new parking buildings along it.
  • Improve the streetscape by adding street trees in raised planter boxes with in-built seating.
  • Provide spaces at nights for taxis and Ubers on Hereford Street near the Oxford Terrace intersection.
  • Add painted on-street cycle lanes so it is safer for cyclists travelling along the street.
  • Provide three mobility parks on Hereford Street.
  • Locate two bus stops in the block between Colombo Street and Manchester Street.

To view the Hereford Street scheme design visit our Have Your Say page(external link).

Check out our fly through(external link) to see the changes proposed for Hereford Street.










Strand Lane land sale

The Council is also proposing to sell the balance of the land at 13 Cathedral Square to the owners of 111 Hereford Street so the land can be developed for commercial use and Strand Lane widened.

#6: St Asaph Street speed zone

The Council has decided to carry out public consultation in the new year about lowering the speed limit on St Asaph Street from 50kph to 30kph.

The Council also approved the Infrastructure, Transport and Environment (ITE) Committee's recommendation for minor roading lay-out changes to St Asaph St to improve its safety and functionality. A further review to identify whether there are any other safety improvements that should be made to St Asaph Street will also be carried out. 

 The changes will cost about $210,000 and involve:

  • Modifying the parking bays so they are easier to get in and out of.
  • Installing extra loading zones for goods vehicles.
  • Installing additional cycle parking.
  • Modifying the tree pit kerb design so they cause less damage to car wheels.

Work on the minor roading layout changes will start early in the new year and should take about six weeks to complete.

People were able to provide feedback on the options between 14 September and 6 October. To find out more go to HaveYourSay(external link).

cyclists and cars on St Asaph St

Over the past six months Christchurch City Council staff have been meeting with representatives from the Central City Business Group (CCBG) to discuss how the design of St Asaph Street could be modified to address the group’s concerns about the lack of parking spaces, the accessibility of the parking bays, and the narrow width of the traffic lanes.

The Council has implemented a number of minor safety improvements to St Asaph Street. The improvements were recommended following an independent road safety audit and mainly affect line markings and reflective markers. This has resulted in improved visibility and traffic flows.

#5: Victoria St, between Kilmore St and Bealey Ave

Changes to Victoria Street

The Council is improving Victoria Street for people travelling by foot, bicycle and public transport. To support this, changes will also be made to surrounding traffic routes.

The Council approved changes to Victoria Street and its surrounding traffic routes on 22 September 2016. More information about these changes is available in the media release(external link) and following documents:

Download the consultation booklet. [PDF, 2.5 MB]

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