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Op­po­nents of cor­ri­dor to fight on

- Am­ber Al­lott Christchurch · St Albans · St Albans City F.C. · New Zealand · Cranford Township · Christchurch United · Berwick-upon-Tweed

A decades-long bat­tle against a mo­tor­way has been lost, but res­i­dents of an in­ner-Christchur­ch sub­urb say they will not give up the fight to re­duce its im­pact.

The long-awaited $290 mil­lion North­ern Cor­ri­dor mo­tor­way will par­tially open on Mon­day, to help bed in the chip seal sur­face be­fore all four lanes open next month.

The cor­ri­dor ex­tends the Christchur­ch North­ern Mo­tor­way through to QEII Drive and Cran­ford St.

Today, Christchur­ch City Coun­cil will vote on a new lane on Cran­ford St, be­tween Innes Rd and Ber­wick St, and what it will be used for.

A re­port from a traffic en­gi­neer ini­tially rec­om­mended a clear­way, to help deal with traffic coming off the North­ern Cor­ri­dor, but this was met with fierce push­back .

Coun­cil­lors are now con­sid­er­ing a three-month trial of a bus lane.

Mem­bers of the St Al­bans Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion will be at the meet­ing, armed with ban­ners and plac­ards.

Some res­i­dents have op­posed the North­ern Cor­ri­dor since its in­cep­tion, with plans to run a mo­tor­way through the area into the heart of Christchur­ch in the pipe­line since the 1960s.

As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Ja­son Har­vey said once con­struc­tion be­gan in late 2016, they had ac­cepted there was no stop­ping the mo­tor­way. Now, res­i­dents have turned their at­ten­tion to re­duc­ing con­ges­tion on Cran­ford St.

‘‘If there has to be another lane, we want it to be for pub­lic trans­port. We def­i­nitely don’t want a clear­way.’’

Even with at­tempts by coun­cil and Waka Ko­tahi – NZ Trans­port Agency to mit­i­gate the im­pacts of the nearby mo­tor­way on the com­mu­nity, Har­vey said lo­cals were still con­cerned.

‘‘[Safety] keeps coming up in ev­ery meet­ing we’ve had. Rat run­ning is an is­sue, where peo­ple try to use small lo­cal roads as a short­cut.

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