Waimak’s third lane fight not over yet

The plan for a controversial third lane on the Waimakariri Bridge will go to the New Zealand Transport Agency for approval in June.

It will then go out for public consultation, and the Papanui-Innes Community Board said it will make its voice heard again.

On April 7, the greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy Implementation committee approved the lane on the condition that it was for high occupancy vehicles only.

Board chairwoman Ali Jones and deputy chairwoman Emma Norrish made a deputation opposing the lane for fear it will add significant congestion.

But Ms Norrish said the fact it would only be for high-occupancy vehicles has lightened the blow.

“It’s making the best of a bad situation,” she said.

However, the board is still concerned about the predicted increase in traffic.

“Any extra traffic that is coming in from the north, and is going into the CBD, has to go to through the St Albans area,” Ms Norrish said.