Govt cash to make Chch's streets safer; Parking app to replace text service

Four Christchurch projects to make it easier and safer for people to move around the city’s streets have been given funding from a new Government programme.


Innovating Streets for People is a $7 million NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) initiative to cut vehicle speeds and create more space for people on city streets.


In May the council applied for $1.5m of funding for nine projects.


The four projects to receive funding are:




- Trialling a temporary cycle lane along Ferry Rd between Fitzgerald Ave and St Asaph St, connecting the Heathcote Expressway major cycle route to the central city;


- St Albans School safety improvements, a trial to close Sheppard Place to vehicles at drop-off and pick-up times on school days;

- Testing lower speeds, safe crossing points and intersection changes in the Beckenham area bounded by Tennyson St, Colombo St, Waimea Tce and Eastern Tce;

- A trial of intersection changes to make it safer and easier to cross Selwyn St.

Council urban development and transport committee chairman Mike Davidson said he was “thrilled” at the decision, saying if the trialled improvements prove a success then they could be made permanent.

A second funding application round closes on July 3. The city council will consider whether to put more projects forward for funding on Thursday.


Motorists wanting to park in central Christchurch are being urged to download a council app as an option to pay via text message is coming to an end.

The TXT A Park service will be discontinued from July 1; instead, council staff suggest drivers could use the PayMyPark app.

The council is trialling the app for a year. If the trial goes well, it will consider accepting online payments for on-street metered parking on a permanent basis.

“You can choose to pay per session as a casual user or you can set up an account,” the council's transport operations manager, Steffan Thomas, said.

“With an account in the app, you can pay for the time you’ve parked using stop-start parking and you can receive an alert when your paid parking is about to expire.

“You have the option of extending your time remotely so that you don’t need to run back to put money in a meter.

“People will still need to adhere to the time restrictions that are in place – if you’re in a two-hour paid parking spot you can’t just keep topping up to stay beyond the two hours.”

Businesses can also create a PayMyPark account, allowing them pay to park vehicles with a company account.