Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


New safety barriers to keep people safe on CHCH highway

Hon Julie Anne Genter

Associate Minister of Transport

16 May 2019



New safety barriers to keep motorists and students safe on CHCH highway

The finishing touches are being put on a road safety project in Christchurch that will prevent head-on crashes and keep students safe as they walk and bike to school.

Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter visited the State Highway 74 Marshland to Burwood project today, meeting the project team to get an update and see progress on the safety work first-hand.

The $2.5 million project is scheduled to be completed in June and is part of the Government’s Safe Network Programme. It includes the installation of new road safety barriers and new road markings that are easier for drivers to see at night and in the rain.

As part of the visit Julie Anne Genter also met with students from Avonside Girls’ and Shirley Boys’ High Schools who cycle to school on a shared path which will be protected by the new roadside barriers installed as part of the project.

“In the ten years from 2008 to 2017 two people died and another 13 were seriously injured on this stretch of road.

“Many of these crashes could have been prevented by simple upgrades like the barriers being put in place today.

“At this site, we’re installing safety barriers down the middle of the road to prevent head-on crashes, as well as side barriers to prevent drivers running off the road.

“The side barriers will mean the many students who bike and walk on the shared path beside the highway are much safer. My hope is that this gives more students the confidence to walk and bike to school, and their parents the freedom to say yes.”

Minister Genter says road safety barriers, like the ones being installed on SH74, are a road safety success story, proven to make a real difference.

“When fitted along the side and centre of the road like this, they can reduce the number of people killed by up to 90 per cent.

“We know they work. That's why this Government plans to invest a record $1.4 billion over three years to upgrade over 3300 km of our most dangerous roads with improvements like these safety barriers, wide centre lines, rumble strips and better signs,” says Julie Anne Genter.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Allegations Of Left Wing Media Bias

“Left wing bias” accusations date back at least to the mid 1990s, when complaints were commonly being levelled at RNZ’s Morning Report programme, largely by National MPs discomfited by being interviewed by Kim Hill.

The charge of left wing bias was ridiculous then, and is ridiculous now. More>>


Next Wave Of Reforms: Gun Registration And Licensing Changes Announced

“The Bill includes a register to track firearms and new offences and penalties that can be applied extraterritorially for illegal manufacture, trafficking, and for falsifying, removing, or altering markings – which are a new requirement under the Firearms Protocol.” More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Mishandling Of The Alleged Sexual Assault

The focus of Labour’s alleged sexual assault scandal has now shifted from the party organisation to the Beehive... This is now a crisis of Beehive management and response, not something occurring at a distance within the party organisation. More>>


'History Rectified': Rua Kēnana To Be Pardoned

An official pardon for Tūhoe prophet and leader Rua Kēnana is one step closer after the Te Pire kia Unuhia te Hara kai Runga i a Rua Kēnana: Rua Kēnana Pardon Bill was read in Parliament for the first time today. More>>


Mental Health: Initial Mental Health And Wellbeing Commission Appointed

The Government has announced details of the initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission which will play a key role in driving better mental health in New Zealand. More>>


people outside the meeting house at WaitangiEducation: NZ History To Be Taught In All Schools

“We have listened carefully to the growing calls from New Zealanders to know more about our own history and identity. With this in mind it makes sense for the National Curriculum to make clear the expectation that our history is part of the local curriculum and marau ā kura in every school and kura,” Jacinda Ardern said. More>>


Sexual Assault Claims Mishandled: Labour Party President Resigns

Jacinda Ardern: “This morning I was provided some of the correspondence from complainants written to the party several months ago. It confirms that the allegations made were extremely serious, that the process caused complainants additional distress, and that ultimately, in my view, the party was never equipped to appropriately deal with the issue…" More>>


Budget Process: Wellbeing To Be Enshrined In Law

Legislation has been introduced in Parliament to ensure every Government considers the wellbeing of New Zealanders when creating future budgets. More>>

National In China: Bridges Praises CCP, Meets Law Enforcement Head

A recent trip to China has raised questions over who the Opposition leader Simon Bridges met with and why... Anne-Marie Brady, a Canterbury University professor and expert on Chinese politics, has described Guo Shengkun as the leader of the Chinese secret police. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The SIS/GCSB’s Compliance With Torture

Torture is a crime under international law. New Zealand has signed (a) the UN convention against torture and (b) formal agreements about how armed conflict should be conducted. That’s the legal backdrop to the fascinating report released this week by the SIS Inspector-General.





InfoPages News Channels