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An Accessible City: Victoria Street and surrounding traffic routes

Submissions: Phone us: 941 8999, 8am-6pm
Contact: Jennie Hamilton
Phone: 941-5207, 027 225 0671
Fax: 941-8384


Areas affected:
Wards affected: Fendalton, Hagley, Papanui, Spreydon
People affected: Adults, Children, General community, Maori, Older People (65 years plus), Pacific Peoples, Pakeha/European, People with disabilities, Property Owner, Refugees and New Migrants, Youth


Open date: 11/05/2016
Close date: 09/06/2016 5:00p.m.


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Full description

After significant interest in the proposed changes to Victoria Street and surrounding traffic routes, and receiving requests from some business and property owners, the project team will now receive submissions until 5pm 9 June 2016.

An Accessible City: proposed changes to Victoria Street

- Victoria Street, between Kilmore Street and Bealey Avenue
- Bealey Avenue/Durham Street intersection
- Bealey Avenue/Montreal Street intersection
- Bealey Avenue/Papanui Road/Victoria Street intersection

Consultation closes 9 June 2016

You can speak to the City Council's project team at the following drop-in sessions:

Thursday 19 May, 5–7pm, Knox Church Hall, 28 Bealey Avenue (Presentation at 5.30pm)
Monday 23 May, 4-6pm, Mashina Lounge, 55 Peterborough Street (Presentation at 4.30pm)
Wednesday 25 May, 12–3pm, HMNZS Pegasus, 419 Montreal Street (Presentation at 12.30pm)

The Council wants to improve Victoria Street for people travelling by foot, bicycle or public transport, while reflecting the contemporary style of the street's new buildings. To support this scheme, changes are also proposed to surrounding traffic routes.

The key proposed changes are:
• Remove the through route for vehicles using Victoria Street to create a destination. This would be made possible by:
(a) preventing vehicles from entering and exiting Victoria Street north at the Salisbury/Montreal streets intersection. Access would be from a new T-intersection on Montreal Street, and full access would remain at the Bealey Avenue/Papanui Road intersection
(b) preventing vehicles from entering or exiting Victoria Street (south) from both the Salisbury/Montreal streets intersection and the Durham/Kilmore streets intersection. Acess would be from Peterborough Street.

• Prioritise movements along Victoria Street for people travelling by foot, bicycle or bus and improve the environment along the street to enhance people's journeys.
• Prioritise vehicles on Montreal Street and Bealey Avenue by:
o changing the road markings on Montreal Street to provide an additional turning lane; and
o modifying kerbs and changing the road markings on Bealey Avenue to provide an extra lane for right-turning vehicles into Papanui Road.
• Add approximately 55 new trees
• Remove 50 on-street parking spaces over the project area, including 32 spaces from Victoria Street. It is proposed to introduce time limits for car parking on Salisbury and Montreal streets (within and adjoining the project area) to increase turnover of these car parks for visitors to the area
• Improve street lighting
• Make changes to the pedestrian crossings on Bealey Avenue at the Durham Street intersection.

The total cost of the proposed changes to Victoria Street and its surrounding traffic routes would be approximately $7 million, which was approved as part of the Council's 2015–2025 Long Term Plan. The Council also intends to explore potential funding opportunities with local businesses, who may be willing to contribute to lower priority parts of the project, such as improved street lighting and tree planting.
Options considered

In proposing the changes outlined in this booklet, the Council considered a number of different options against its objectives for Victoria Street. Option 1 – the option being consulted on – is the most restrictive in terms of vehicle movements. It was clear that as more turns were introduced at vehicle intersections, the less the scheme met the key objectives for Victoria Street.