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The Star: March 23, 2017

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The Star Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday March 23 2017 13 Viewpoint Disruption worth it THE EAST side of the central city is packed with rebuild work these days and, while progress is good, this does cause disruptions for everyone who lives in, travels through or uses that part of town. It can be challenging getting down Manchester St at the moment. The street is being transformed into a tree-lined boulevard as part of the vibrant and modern vision for our central city. The frustration some have felt towards An Accessible City – the transport chapter of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan – is entirely understandable. I think some of the concerns that have been raised are valid. Still, the current irritations will be worth it in the end when our streets have been broadened, repaved and purpose-built for a modern, liveable city. I know the city council and Otakaro Ltd are listening to the public’s concerns and I encourage the public to contact these agencies if they have issues with any accessible city projects. The first section of the shared Gerry Brownlee pathway on the western side between Hereford and Lichfield Sts is now open and shows us how Manchester St will look when finished. The paving work will continue, followed by the planting of new trees and then a priority route for public transport will be added. Tucked away behind the fences and cones, initial earthworks are under way on the first East Frame superlot, with construction work on the 2800 sq m site, near the Canterbury Club, starting next month. The East Frame will include 900 townhouses and apartments, bringing more residents to the regenerating city centre. These significant projects are going on in a relatively small space, so I encourage everyone to keep supporting the businesses in the area, grab a coffee and wander down the new pathway. •Gerry Brownlee is Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Readers respond to news that the intersection of Ilam, Middleton and Riccarton Rds, which was ranked as the city’s second most dangerous, will be upgraded in 2019 Russell Vaughan, Redwood – I travelled for 30 years until 2004 through this intersection and during some of that time there were no lights. There were many chances, which I lobbied the city council over, to change the approaches by cutting back the opposing corners on Middleton Rd and Ilam Rd, thus creating better visibility and road markings for traffic turning right onto Riccarton Rd. After the earthquakes, there was a chance to cut back on the veterinary clinic side of Ilam Rd. No meaningful changes were ever made. Now the costs are said to be $1 million, and nothing done until 2019. The confusion over right-hand turning traffic swinging across each other, and pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles competing for priority, continues to plague this intersection. It’s arguably the most confusing intersection in Christchurch. Jan Nolan, Upper Riccarton – I don’t think $1 million needs to be spent on this TRICKY: A car on Riccarton Rd breaks to avoid a car turning into Ilam Rd. The intersection is ranked as the city’s second most dangerous. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN intersection. Just put dedicated right turning arrows from Ilam Rd and Middleton Rd into Riccarton Rd. All fixed. Annie McConnochie, Upper Riccarton, responds to a joint transport committee report on the need to improve public transport uptake in greater Christchurch over the coming decades It could be an interesting idea to look into suggesting or requesting those Government staffers and council members to consider taking the bus one day a week. This would be to ease traffic congestion, and also to set a good example and to check out suggestions bus drivers have to offer in regard to intersections where it could help to have a green right-turn arrow – mainly at very busy intersections – so they are not compelled to run the red light to carry on and keep to their time schedule and so on. SMALL CHANGE MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE Twice a year we clear the Community Fund collection boxes at Christchurch Airport and share the money across the community. Kiwi dollars, international currency, small change from your cup of coffee, plus a top-up donation from us, all add up for local charities and community projects. 180 Degrees Trust uses outdoor adventures to inspire and teach life skills to vulnerable Canterbury youth, to develop self-awareness, confidence and decision making skills and so initiate a turnaround in young people’s lives. Christchurch Airport proudly supports the 180 Degrees Trust through the Community Fund. Charities and community groups can apply for funds at christchurchairport.co.nz/communityfund