Waimakariri MP pushes for answers for North Canterbury commuters

Waimakariri news
Friday, June 26, 2015

Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey will push for a solution to give North Canterbury commuters reliability of travel times following Christchurch City Council’s decision to remove funding for the Cranford Street extension from its Long Term Plan.

“This issue is bigger than one council. It will impact on both Christchurch and North Canterbury commuters.  We are one Canterbury – and we are part of one greater Christchurch. We have got to work together,” Doocey said.

The MP said he was in a unique position because Waimakariri electorate covered both northern Christchurch and North Canterbury with constituents falling under both councils. Traffic congestion was one of the biggest issues facing his electorate, he said.

Doocey will be meeting with Transport Minister Simon Bridges early next week to discuss any possible impact that the decision would have on the Northern Arterial project to improve access to Christchurch. The Waimakariri MP said the decision over the extension had the potential to affect  dispersal of traffic at the end of the Northern Arterial.

“I will also be contacting the Christchurch City Council, Waimakariri District Council and the New Zealand Transport Authority to request that all parties get around the table to work on a solution to give North Canterbury commuters reliable travel times,” Doocey said.