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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Christchurch traffic woes tackled

Christchurch traffic woes tackled

Last updated 05:00 16/03/2011
Unlocking the gridlock nightmare in Christchurch is under way.

With inner-city roads out of action, pressure is on routes such as Brougham St, Moorhouse Ave (down to two lanes outside Science Alive!), Main North Rd, Barrington St, Blenheim Rd and Clarence St.

Civil Defence operations manager Alan Beuzenberg said a strategic transport routes team was established on Monday.

"This team is tasked with the identification of preferred routes and the planning, prioritisation and implementation of traffic management measures that are intended to improve the level of service to road users along these routes," he said.

The measures could include adjustments to traffic-signal phasing, additional traffic lanes and the removal of right turns.

"More information on this will be available by the end of the week," he said.

The project was considered a priority despite other vital work around the city, he said.

The project was "being driven" from the Civil Defence emergency operations centre and included city council transport staff, the New Zealand Transport Agency and the private sector.

Red Bus chief executive Paul McNoe said about 65 per cent of services were running, and more services to the eastern suburbs had been re-established.

After-hours buses were not yet running, he said.

Free buses will continue until March 27.

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