This article from TraNZport Blog raises some important questions about the development of roading around NZ main centres, including Christchurch. The real question is do we need a continued development of Brougham St and is that actually going to be beneficial to the city as a whole.
The obvious question for example is how much traffic is moving from Port of Lyttelton by road and could this traffic go to the Inland Port at Rolleston and be taken out of city streets (except for local deliveries). How about another freight terminal at Middleton to take the traffic off local roads. Middleton was a major depot until such a time as Toll bought out TranzRail and got all their depots. When the Government renationalised, it never took back the depots from Toll. So there has been no public freight terminal at Middleton for many years. Is it time we had one of those again? However that may require a major shift in Kiwirail’s focus as until now it has been content to effectively outsource freight terminals to the big logistics companies like Toll, Mainfreight and Daily Freightways.