On the weekend the CCC released the draft Master Plans for both Lyttelton and Sydenham suburban centres. Both excite me, but for some reason it is Sydenham I am really interested in, as I think it could develop into Christchurch’s first thriving high density inner-city suburb, and I really want to see how they intend to do that (20 years late, but still better late than never). Having said that, the future of Lyttelton, always one of my favourite places in Christchurch, is also of much interest to me, and I do hope they retain the character of this most unique place as they rebuild and enhance it.
I have yet to read through both documents properly, although some of what I have skimmed through looks quite exciting and other bits look like they may be ripe for a concerned comment. After I have had a good read, I will provide a few of my thoughts on here, but generally, looking through both documents quickly, I think this is a very good and appropriate approach all up. You can read the draft plans for yourself here. Access to the suburban centres, and the form and function of the streets are of much importance, and seem to have been dealt with in the same vein as the draft Central City Plan. I particularly like the vision for Colombo Street through Sydenham to be developed as a slow road accessible to cars, safe for pedestrians and cyclists, and suitable for efficient and useful public transport. The Sydenham plan also discusses possible cycle lock-up facilities.
I found this interesting:
|Future plans for passenger transport sees Colombo Street remain as a key public transport corridor. The removal of buses from Colombo Street would have serious implications for the passenger service to and through this area. The increased cost of re-routing, timetabling issues and safety concerns around turning movements particularly on Brougham Street would potentially result in the removal of bus routes in this area.It is important for the economic viability of Sydenham that bus access is maintained. For the bus service to remain viable it is important that bus services through Sydenham are quick and reliable so existing customers continue to utilise the service and more people are encouraged to shift to public transport. This does not necessarily require the use of bus priority lanes. Other options will be explored which include facilities for passengers to board and alight quickly to ensure an effective service.|
Perhaps having bus lanes at intersection approaches and bus priority signals would do the trick? That, as opposed to trying to shove bus lanes along much of the length of the high street and earning the wrath of business owners. At the end of the day, public transport needs to be reliable and fast, and simply removing bus priority is a backwards step. Hopefully a proper solution can be found.
Drop-in sessions, where people can view the Draft Master Plans, discuss their contents with Council staff and make submissions, will be held in both Lyttelton and Sydenham.
Draft Lyttelton Master Plan drop-in sessions:
- Wednesday, 7 December 2011, 1.30pm to 6pm
- Saturday, 10 December 2011, 10am to 4pm
Lyttelton Recreation Centre, 25 Winchester Street.
Draft Sydenham Master Plan drop-in sessions:
Saturday, 26 November 2011, 10am to 4pm
Thursday, 8 December 2011, 10am to 6.30pm
THE COLOMBO mall, 363 Colombo Street, Sydenham.