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Turning arrow mooted
for busy Carlton Corner
U-TURNS will be banned on Bealey
Ave at the busy Carlton Corner
intersection, and the pedestrian
crossing realigned for smoother
traffic flows if a city council staff rec-
ommendation gains city council
The Hagley Ferrymead Com-
munity Board is backing a rec-
ommendation to split the crossing
across Bealey Ave linking Papanui
Rd and Victoria St, and create what
is called a staggered crossing.
Separate green-man time would be
given to each half of the pedestrian
crossing, and would give walkers a
rest stop in the centre and a shorter
distance to cross each sequence.
This would be made possible by
Following the February 2011
earthquakes, there had been a
steady increase in the volume of
vehicles turning from Papanui Rd on
to Bealey Ave towards Riccarton.
A City Transport and Greenspace
report backs the call for change.
The report states that pre-quake,
staff had been resistant to installing
right turn signals (green arrows) for
Papanui Rd because of the low traffic
volumes and the inefficiencies
associated with green arrows.
With the changed travel patterns
and demands at this intersection,
staff now supported green arrows.
Board chairman Bob Todd said the
staff proposal made sense and would
go for council approval at its Sept-
Survey shows CBD reticence
By ABBIE NAPIER
TALKING POINT: A covered
sports stadium is planned for a
site just east of the central city,
bounded by Madras, Barbadoes,
Hereford and Tuam Streets
DESPITE A willingness to invest
in Christchurch, few businesses
are willing to move back into the
central city, most residents are
staying put, and there are mixed
feelings about the direction the
rebuild is taking.
A series of surveys com-
missioned by the Christchurch
Central Development Unit in the
days after the release of its CBD
blueprint have shown Christ-
church to be tentatively positive.
While almost 80 per cent of
businesses thought Christchurch
was heading in the right direction,
only 21 per cent said they would
consider moving into the CBD.
Professional and technical busi-
nesses were the most optimistic
about the rebuild plan, followed
closely by those in construction
More than 95 per cent of busi-
nesses said they intended to
remain in Christchurch.
Responses from individual res-
idents indicated mixed feelings
about the rebuild plans, but a
willingness to stay in the city.
More than 60 per cent of resid-
ents thought the blueprint was a
step in the right direction, with
the most positive being in the
Riccarton-Wigram wards (74 per
cent supported the plan).
Unsurprisingly, only 57 per
cent of eastern residents thought
the plan was a good move, but 88
per cent still planned to stay put.
Eastern residents considered
themselves to have good know-
ledge of the plan s details, with 98
per cent of respondents having a
high level of awareness.
Blue collar workers and those
with a household income below
$30,000 a year were more opposed
to the plan than those earning
$70,000 to $100,000.
Only 40 per cent of the unem-
ployed were supportive of the
recovery process so far. The
Christchurch rebuild was still
being seen as a good investment
both by residents (61 per cent)
and business owners (73 per cent).
In all, 88 per cent of Cantabri-
ans surveyed planned to stay in
The survey covered 500 resid-
ents and 400 business owners.
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