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Last updated: 9 May 2022

Proposed improvements

  •   What would this mean for bus users?
    • A bus lane in both directions along Halswell Road
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    • Bus shelters at all bus stops on the northern side of Halswell Road
      • bus stops with existing bus shelters would remain
      • three bus stops would receive new bus shelters with seats
    • This would mean all the bus stops on the northern side of Halswell Road would have a bus shelter with a seat. The stops on this side of the road are where bus users often wait to catch a bus toward town unlike the southern side of the road where most bus users are getting off at stops and not waiting.
    • Most bus stops on the southern side of Halswell Road would remain in the same location
    • A change in route for the number 60 bus
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    • New safe pathways connecting to the bus stops would be provided on both sides of Halswell Road, between Dunbars Road and Augustine Drive.
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  •   What would this mean for cyclists?
    • Wide bus lanes (4.2m–4.5m) that cyclists could safely use to travel along Halswell Road. These lanes are wider than a standard traffic lane so that a cyclist and a bus can safely pass each other within the lanes. This arrangement is common around the city, for example on Riccarton Road, Papanui Road and Colombo Street.
    • Provision of two cycle stands on the northern side of Halswell Road, next to the bus stops near Aidanfield Drive and Dunbars Road.
    • A new 3m wide path on both sides of Halswell Road, between Dunbars Road and Augustine Drive that could be used by cyclists.
    • New intersections with traffic lights and pedestrian crossings at:
      • Rowley Avenue
      • Warren Crescent (west), and
      • Aidanfield Drive.
    • A new pedestrian crossing with lights near Tankerville Road.
    • We acknowledge that the shared use of bus lane does not cater for all cyclists and envisage that it will be used by experienced and confident cyclists. The high-quality major cycleways network includes parallel routes on each side of Halswell Road (Little River Link and Quarryman’s Trail) providing an alternative option for cyclists.
      Little River Link and Quarryman’s Trail(external link)
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  •   What would this mean for pedestrians?
    • A new pedestrian crossing with lights near Tankerville Road
    • New intersections with traffic lights and pedestrian crossings at:
      • Rowley Avenue,
      • Warren Crescent (west), and
      • Aidanfield Drive
    • A new 3m wide path on both sides of Halswell Road, between Dunbars Road and Augustine Drive for pedestrians and cyclists.
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  •   What would this mean for all road users?
    • Left turn only in and out of Halswell Road from:
      • Tankerville Road
      • Kinnaird Place
      • Warren Crescent (east)
      • Cardinal Drive, and
      • Hendersons Road
    • New intersections with traffic lights and with pedestrian crossings at:
      • Rowley Avenue
      • Warren Crescent (west), and
      • Aidanfield Drive
    • Removal of on-street car parking along the parts of Halswell Road where on-street car parking is currently available
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General

  •   Why is this the emerging option?

    The project is focused on increasing bus reliability and improved bus journey times but has considered all Halswell Road users with safety being front of mind.  Other options were considered. However, this option provides the best balance in achieving the project objectives, meeting the needs of all road users and the environment, and providing for future growth.

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  •   Why are you looking at making these changes now?

    There has been rapid growth in the south-west and it is expected to continue:

    • There is forecast population growth along the Halswell Road corridor of about 60 percent (that’s about 17,000 people) between 2018 and 2048.
    • The capacity of our roads is constrained by space. One way to manage this is by providing ways for the same road to carry more people, such as through providing bus lanes.

    The emerging option will accommodate both recent and future growth.

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Overall improvements

  •   Why have left turn only into and off SH75 Halswell Road?
    • The raised median would prevent potentially unsafe right hand turns across multiple lanes of traffic. Turning right from driveways and side streets can already be difficult and unsafe and will likely get worse in future. With future anticipated growth in the area, the traffic volumes along this corridor will increase, and undertaking the right turn will get more difficult and unsafe. (See also section below about the raised median strip.)
    • It would be a safer and easier option for drivers to make right hand turns at traffic lights where U-turn facilities are provided. This would allow vehicles that are now unable to complete right turns to get into the city centre and Halswell.
    • We are looking at ensuring adequate green light time is provided for drivers making U-turns at these intersections.
    • We will assess the phasing and coordination of the traffic lights as part of the design to help traffic flow efficiently. This will include ensuring adequate green light time is provided for U-turn traffic.
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  •   Why would a raised median strip be required?
    • A raised median along Halswell Road between Curletts Road and Augustine Drive would improve traffic safety by providing separation of the traffic lanes and would prevent potentially unsafe right turns across multiple lanes. Feedback from the community outlined difficulties in undertaking right hand turns into and out Halswell Road from driveways and side streets. Halswell Road is busy and has a relatively poor crash record (47 crashes in the last 5 years). Of these 47 crashes, around 40% of the crashes have involved motorists turning right into and out of driveways and side streets. There is significant growth forecast in the southwest of Christchurch meaning Halswell Road will get busier in future and turning right will become more difficult and less safe.
    • Examples of raised medians with U-turn intersections include Lincoln Road (closer to the city), Riccarton Road, Main North Road, Main South Road, Moorhouse Avenue, Blenheim Road and Bealey Ave.
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  •   Why traffic lights instead of roundabouts?
    • Roundabouts work well when the traffic flow is even on each street connecting with the roundabout.
    • Halswell Road has a heavier flow of traffic compared to the side streets which would result in traffic from the side streets unable to access Halswell Road easily and excessive delays to the side street traffic.
    • It is expected that with future growth it will become even more difficult turning from side streets onto Halswell Road.
    • Traffic lights are also considered to improve safety for pedestrians as they provide priority to these users through provision of pedestrian crossings.
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  •   Why can’t two traffic lanes be provided along the entire corridor?

    Additional lanes will not help ease the traffic congestion along the corridor particularly with the continued predicted growth in the south-west. It would just create congestion further along corridor. However, having two lanes at an intersection enables more vehicles to get through the intersection and minimises delays. This design/arrangement is common at various intersections around the city.

    Providing bus lanes will help to move more people in fewer vehicles.

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Construction

  •   How is it funded?

    This project has Government funding through the New Zealand Upgrade Programme, delivered by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.

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  •   Who will be carrying out the improvements?

    Once the design for the project is finalised, the next step is for Waka Kotahi to invite contractors to tender for the construction work. Contractors employing local people are encouraged to tender for the work.

    The New Zealand Upgrade Programme will be delivered over the next decade and provides the guaranteed, fully-funded pipeline of work that industry has been calling for. It will create 800 to 1,000 direct new jobs in our civil construction industry as the first five projects get underway in the next 12 months, and 7,000 to 9,000 direct opportunities for our wider supply chain. This will give the sector the certainty to invest in the workforce, upskill and train more apprentices.

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  •   What is NZUP and what is its purpose?

    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.

    The programme will play a vital role in helping to stimulate the economy and support the country as it recovers from the impacts of COVID 19. NZUP provides a pipeline of work for the construction industry for the next decade – 800 to 1000 direct jobs as the first five projects get underway in the first 12 months, and 7000 to 9000 indirect opportunities for our wider supply chain.

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

    NZ Upgrade Programme information

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What will happen next?

  •   What will happen next?

    Once Waka Kotahi receives feedback on the emerging option, it will be used, together with ongoing investigations, to inform our development of the recommended corridor upgrade.

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