I had noticed that the 5 December date for release of further details on the Western Corridor and the Alpine/Brasilia fusion Memorial Ave flyover had been and gone, so it is no surprise that NZTA have now made an announcement saying the date has been rescheduled. There is no indication of when that date might be, but here is the release from their website:
The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is rescheduling the release of detailed plans for the SH1 Western Corridor past Christchurch Airport.
NZTA Southern Regional Director Jim Harland says the agency is working closely with the Christchurch City Council and the local community to develop its plans.
“Getting these transport improvements right is crucial to the region’s economic growth and the contribution to the rebuild of the City. This makes it imperative that we fully consider the views of key stakeholders and the community while assessing options, so we can deliver the best outcomes from this project for the local community, the city and the wider Canterbury region.”
Mr Harland said the NZTA was aware of the high level of community interest in the project.
“Understandably people want to see the details. We had hoped to be in a position to provide more information this month, but after careful consideration we’ve decided to reschedule this for the first quarter of next year, when we will have a more complete picture about the project to present. While we understand that some will be disappointed, by taking a bit more time we will be able to provide more certainty and better information about these improvements.”
I know that some locals had concerns about some of the planned changes to limit access to the corridor, but really I am not sure what might be behind the delay. The Western Corridor will effectively become an expressway under current plans, so it will be interesting to see if consultation compromises any of that.