19 Jun 2013

Debate over widening of Christchurch street

6:27 pm on 19 June 2013

Some residents in the Christchurch suburb of Saint Albans say their neighbourhood is being sacrificed to give those living in the north of the city a faster commute to and from work.

The Christchurch City Council is consulting the public about a proposal to widen Cranford Street from two lanes to four from the Innes Road intersection north to help reduce congestion on the city's busiest road.

But Francine Bills, who attended a council information evening on the project, says that will make it impossible to reach many of the local shops in the area. She is also worried about the extra fumes and noise the increased traffic will create.

Ms Bills does not see why her community should be sacrificed for the sake of another community.