Christchurch Accessible City transport funding on hold

Funding to the Accessible City projects being led by Crown company Ōtākaro Limited, which is responsible for the delivery of three roading and transport projects worth $50 million, has been suspended in response to concerns voiced by the City’s residents and businesses.

The Christchurch Accessible City plan designates areas including Victoria Street and St Asaph Street  as “prioritised for walking and cycling”. According to Gerry Brownlee, the Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration, the proposed lack of adequate on-street parking and limited access had triggered concerns among residents and local business owners.

Noting his approval that recovery agencies have responded to the concerns of businesses and residents about the city’s transport plan, Mr Brownlee said: “Agencies need to ensure the transport network is fit-for-purpose and will contribute to a vibrant central city rather than inhibiting access for residents, workers, business owners, developers and visitors.”

“I don’t believe adequate on-street car parking has been provided for in Accessible City and while I commend the move towards a more cycle-friendly and walkable city, a balance needs to be struck and it should not be to the detriment of the city as a whole”, he added.

Christchurch City Council, Ōtākaro staff and a group representing developers and business owners have since met to negotiate a productive way forward.