New bollards installed from today in central Christchurch

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Jul 24, 2021 |

Graphic: Christchurch City Council

New bollards will be installed, starting from this Sunday, at the Hereford Street end of Oxford Terrace to stop vehicles entering the busy pedestrian area outside of permitted times. 

Earlier this year, The Christchurch City Council consulted on changes to the traffic rules and access times for deliveries in City Mall, from Cashel Street’s intersection with Oxford Terrace to its intersection with High Street, and including High Street between Cashel Street and Hereford Street.

Councillors decided to restrict goods vehicle access to between 5am and 10am in the morning and between 4pm and 5pm in the afternoon, and reduce the speed limit to 10 km/h.

Christchurch City Council Acting Head of Transport Lynette Ellis said “for safety reasons, and with the support of the police, the Council has chosen to install bollards that are capable of stopping vehicles that are being driven at high speeds.”

The bollards, which cost $1.1 million, stand about one metre tall and three of the 14 bollards will be automated and retractable so that trams and emergency vehicles can still travel along Oxford Terrace when the access restrictions are operating.  

Installing the bollards will take about seven weeks and involve digging beneath the tram tracks on Oxford Terrace, inserting steel reinforcing, and putting in place telecommunications equipment that will allow the tram and emergency services to lower the retractable bollards.

The retractable bollards will be lowered from 5am to 10am and from 4pm to 5pm each day so that delivery vehicles can get to the businesses along Oxford Terrace and City Mall.

The retractable bollards will have a back-up power source so they can still be operated even if there is an electricity network outage.

Emergency services and nearby businesses are “very supportive of this safety initiative’’ Ms Ellis said.

Service vehicles making deliveries to businesses along Oxford Terrace will need to take an alternate route while the bollards are being installed.

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

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