Tim is a Senior Transport Planner with Christchurch City Council. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer with now nearly 40 years’ specialist experience in transportation planning and traffic engineering, gained mainly in the public sector both here in New Zealand and previously in the United Kingdom.
Since the devastating Christchurch earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, Tim’s role with the City Council has focussed on planning the recovery and re-shaping of the badly damaged central city’s transport networks. Starting with a secondment to a multi – disciplinary team developing a Draft Recovery Plan for the re – construction of Christchurch’s historic city centre in 2011, Tim has since been closely involved in the drafting and then delivery of An Accessible City – the transport chapter of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan. The Recovery Plan (or Blueprint) was prepared by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) in 2012, and contains a visionary plan for the recovery and ongoing regeneration of the city centre, including an early focus on the delivery of major “anchor projects”, with a mixture of Crown and Council lead funding. The programmes of Crown, Council and third party funded developments, with associated streetworks across the city centre is now well underway as the central city is being gradually transformed.
A key feature of the transport programmes has been the preparation of a Parking Plan supporting An Accessible City. This deals with both short term parking needs over the early years, as well as planning the delivery of new public parking buildings funded by both Council and developers - to help serve the central city’s needs as the Recovery Plan’s developments are delivered. The construction and opening of those new buildings, which include new occupancy and wayfinding systems is now well underway – and Tim will discuss how they are being blended with nearby street works and developments to create attractive and easy to access parking facilities across the new central city.