Have Your Say – Hagley/Moorhouse intersection changes

The other day we mentioned the proposed transport works coming around Hospital Corner. At the same time, work is also being developed at the other end of Hagley Ave, where it meets Moorhouse Ave. And again there are some interesting proposals in mind…

Overview of Hagley/Moorhouse area
Overview of Hagley/Moorhouse area

Essentially the key change is to take Hagley Ave (and Grove Rd) out of the Lincoln/Moorhouse intersection. As well as simplifying what is currently a complex and busy intersection, it also discourages south-western traffic from using the central city one-way streets, remembering that one of the aims of An Accessible City is to shift more traffic to the Four Aves.

Proposed Hagley/Moorhouse/Lincoln intersection
Proposed Hagley/Moorhouse/Lincoln intersection (click to enlarge)

The southern part of Hagley Ave changes to just being a southbound one-way street, providing access to Hagley Park and the netball centre. Other traffic to/from town is redirected via Selwyn St instead. Northbound cyclists are all redirected to the widened (4m) off-road path in the Park. Once in the Park though, it would be nice if there was a more direct path link west around the SW periphery as well, for those heading that way.

It will be nice to have a decent width pathway along here - hopefully also well draining (c/ CCC)
It will be nice to have a decent width pathway along here – hopefully also well draining (c/ CCC)

The simplification of the Lincoln/Moorhouse intersection will make it much easier to access Hagley Park from the south. Grove Rd provides a really useful quiet street link for cycling all the way south (through Collins, Simeon, Somerfield Park, Studholme, Thorrington) to Cashmere and Beckenham. But at the moment it can be a long wait to cross northbound, and nigh on impossible the other way.

Selwyn/Hagley intersection
Selwyn/Hagley intersection – a little bit confusing for cycling routes through

I’m still pondering the proposed one-way section of Hagley Ave; I’m trying to think whether there would be advantage in having it one-way the other direction instead (e.g. heading for the south-west will be tricky it seems). No doubt either way, there will be some park users (or CBD commuters) who grumble about the extra inconvenience of having to go around the block – it will be interesting to see the submissions. But for cycling, the advantage of a more direct two-way route along Hagley Ave will remain.

Moorhouse / Selwyn intersection - some improvement for cycling too
Moorhouse / Selwyn intersection – some improvement for cycling too

Again, if you want to know more you can drop in to one of the information sessions being provided by consultation staff. And all submissions are due by Monday 8th September.

What do you think about the proposed works?

3 thoughts on “Have Your Say – Hagley/Moorhouse intersection changes”

  1. Still not nice for cycling west on Moorhouse. It’s sometime challenging getting into the middle of the 3 lanes and feel very exposed. Don’t know if there is a way to fix to though. Perhaps because the intersection is so big, wide & multilane they will sequence the lights giving a all riders go period ? e.g. a bit like the mutliway all pedestrian timing the CBD had at major Colombo intersections

    1. Good point; that cycle lane heading west across the Lincoln Rd intersection always seems very exposed to get to. And yet I could see that the left turn traffic would probably go at the same time as the Lincoln Rd traffic, so you would need somewhere to safely wait on your bike. Perhaps separate cycle signal phasing is needed? (i.e. stop left-turners while cyclists go)

      It also occurs to me that a left-turning cyclist there may be rather exposed to left-turning traffic cutting the corner. So perhaps a bit of physical protection (i.e. in front of Grove Rd) might be useful too.

      1. Multi direction pedestrian & cycle specific light phasing would be helpful at many large intersections. Probably not that beneficial at small intersections though on time vs safety balance (as causes delays)

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