Christchurch’s council is rolling out three new trials to help mitigate a flurry of complaints about the effects of the city’s newest motorway.
NZTA principal project manager Brendon French said so far they have heard from 30 people who are finding the new Christchurch Northern Corridor louder than expected. Congestion has also been an issue, with cars backed up along Cranford St in morning peak traffic.
From Monday, peak-hour bus priority lanes will be installed on Cranford Street between Innes Rd and Berwick St on a trial basis, and cars travelling down Westminster St cannot turn right in or out of Francis Ave. From March 8, Thames St will be trialled as a cul-de-sac.
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The proposed Smokefree 2025 Action Plan includes significantly reducing the number of retailers able to sell tobacco, limiting the nicotine content of cigarettes, and raising the age of purchase every year, so that anyone born after 2004 could never lawfully be sold tobacco.
Columnist Mike Yardley says most lower-income earners who smoke shell out more money in tobacco excise than they do in income tax.
"They should be vigorously urged to switch to vaping as a smoking cessation alternative, given it’s not just far less hazardous to their health, but also to their back pocket," he says.
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