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Project introduction

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is looking at providing bus lanes to increase bus reliability and improve bus journey times along SH75 Halswell Road between Dunbars and Curletts Roads.

Community engagement (8 April to 4 May 2021) closed

From 8 April to 4 May 2021, we asked the public for feedback about proposed improvements to SH75 Halswell Road between Dunbars and Curletts Roads, to improve the journey for bus users between the south-west suburbs and the central city.

This information will be considered together with ongoing investigations and help the project team finalise the design.

Feedback has now closed.  However, you can see what others had to say on our interactive online map.

View online feedback

Thank you very much to those who provided feedback.

  • Project type

    Road improvements

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Background

Halswell Road is a State Highway and key public transport corridor which experiences significant transport delays during peak travel periods. It serves the south-west of Christchurch, an area undergoing significant residential growth.

Community engagement in late 2020

Late last year we asked the community for feedback about the stretch of Halswell Road between Dunbars and Curletts Roads. We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to share their views and experiences. You can read more about the feedback in our summary engagement report.

Summary engagement report [PDF, 893 KB]

Since then, we have considered that feedback together with technical information to determine the best option to progress. We would now like to share that emerging option with you and get your feedback on it.

Speed

A number of people raised the issue of speed. Although not a specific part of this project, in the next month or so Waka Kotahi will be asking for people’s views on speeds on State Highway 73 (SH73) and SH75 Christchurch to Akaroa – from the intersection of Blenheim Road and SH73 (at Curletts Road overbridge), to the entrance to Akaroa township.

Our emerging option

What do we want to achieve

  • Reduced journey times and improved journey reliability for buses along Halswell Road, especially during busy peak travel periods
  • Improved safe and convenient access to bus stops
  • Improved comfort and convenience of public transport
  • Bus travel to be an easy choice for people travelling to the city centre from the south-west suburbs.

Key features

  • Bus priority, through bus lanes, to reduce delays and be more competitive with car travel time
  • Bus stops that are evenly distributed at about 400m spacing to improve accessibility
  • Bus stops located close to side-streets to maximise accessibility
  • Improved safety and crossing at key intersections for pedestrians
  • Improved road safety by removing right-turns from driveways and some side-streets
  • Improved road safety with 1.0m wide raised median strip along Halswell Road from Augustine Drive/Monsaraz Boulevard to Curletts Road
  • Integration with existing facilities such as schools and Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub, and the future development of commercial activities along Halswell Road
  • Ability to do U-turns at intersections with traffic lights to ensure safe access to the properties along Halswell Road.

What would need to happen

  • Removal of on-street car parking along parts of Halswell Road where on-street car parking is currently available.
    • This would enable the bus lanes to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and allow buses to travel along the bus lanes without the obstruction of parked cars.
    • This would help to achieve improved and more reliable bus journey times.
    • It would also be safer for cyclists using the bus lanes as they wouldn’t be exposed to the risk of opening car doors.
  • A change to the number 60 bus route.
    • The 1.0m wide raised median strip along Halswell Road, from Augustine Drive/Monsaraz Boulevard to Curletts Road, would prevent potentially unsafe right turns across multiple lanes. This would require rerouting the number 60 bus. We would recommend instead of travelling along Hendersons Road, the bus would travel along Rowley Avenue. The bus would have traffic lights at Rowley Avenue to safely turn onto and off Halswell Road.
      Number 60 bus route map showing proposed new route in orange and proposed removal of existing route in red
  • Tree removals and new trees planted along the southern side of Halswell Road, between Tankerville Road and Hendersons Road to widen the road for the bus lanes.
    • There are 135 trees along Halswell Road. About 36 trees would need to be removed between Hendersons Road and Tankerville Road and would be replaced with about 27 trees in broadly similar areas. Not all 36 trees could be replaced because some are in locations which don’t comply with safety design standards such as being too close to driveways, poles, bus stops and intersections.

NZ Upgrade Programme

This project is part of the NZ Upgrade Programme (NZUP) which is investing $6.8 billion to save lives, get our cities moving and boost productivity in the country’s growth areas.

It supports a shift to greater transport choice – with a balanced investment in public transport, roads and walking and cycling.

NZ Upgrade Programme

SH75 Halswell Road improvements NZ Upgrade Programme logo

Complementary Christchurch City Council projects

Waka Kotahi is working closely with Christchurch City Council which has allocated budget for public transport improvements along Lincoln Road. The first phase of the improvements is along Lincoln Road, from Moorhouse Avenue through the Addington Village to Whiteleigh Avenue. The Council is also proposing a second phase of improvements along Lincoln Road from Wrights Road to Curletts Road.

Waka Kotahi and Christchurch City Council are working together on these projects and are seeking complementary outcomes along the entirety of the south-west corridor to ensure seamless bus journeys for customers.

Lincoln Road improvements(external link)